How To Treat Low Blood Pressure

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Low blood pressure doesn't require treatment if you have naturally low blood pressure. If not, read this to find out how to treat low blood pressure.

You may experience low blood pressure if you are in the following situations: if you are taking medication for high blood pressure and your blood pressure plummets; if you have postural hypotension that causes your blood pressure to drop whenever your body changes position or postprandial hypotension that occurs whenever you eat a meal; if you are newly pregnant; or you have loss of blood and fluids resulting from accidents and burns; or nerve damage from diabetes and Addison's disease which lowers your body salt.  Knowing the symptoms of low blood pressure such as dizziness, tiredness and fainting spells allow you to take appropriate measures.

Increase the salt and fluid intake to normalize your blood pressure. Fluids are important in maintaining a regular blood pressure and see to it that you don't get dehydrated. However don't take excessive amounts of salt and fluid for this may lead to hypertension or in extreme cases, heart failure.

If you are suffering from postural hypotension, get up slowly from bed. You may feel dizzy because blood may rush down to your legs, but it will normalize once your body gets accustomed to your new position. Don't stay in the same position for long periods of time because your blood may settle to your lower extremities. Avoid exhausting activities because these may worsen your condition.

If you have postprandial hypotension, lie down slowly after a meal. Eat food low in carbohydrates and avoid heavy meals that are carbohydrate-rich. Avoid skipping meals because this may cause dizziness, tiredness and worsening of hypotension.

Use compression stockings. This will force blood to rush to your blood vessels and facilitate the return of blood towards the heart, thus raising your blood pressure slightly.

Bathe in showers that are at the right temperature. Too hot or too cold temperatures may cause your blood pressure to fluctuate.

Take medication to correct your blood pressure. These include drugs that constrict your veins and also increase your body's salt retention. The doctor usually prescribes them when you are diagnosed with low blood pressure.

Taking extreme doses of diuretics may cause an excessive loss of bodily fluids. Because of this, fluid is not enough to push blood upwards, thus resulting in low blood pressure. Blood pressure pills, antidepressants, drugs and alcohol may also cause hypotension. When this happens, stop taking these substances and seek medical attention immediately. As much as possible, avoid these substances because these cause a drop in blood pressure.

Take up light exercises. This will strengthen your heart muscle and normalize your blood pressure. However if you are a chronic hypotension sufferer, you might find exercise to be tiring so seek other treatments.

Seek alternative treatments. These include meditation, hypnosis, ayurveda, herbal treatments and yoga. Just remember to balance these with regular forms of treatment to make your recovery smoother and easier.

Treating low blood pressure can be done in a variety of ways depending on your situation, your preferences and your budget. Pay attention to your body and determine whether the treatment you receive is effective for you.


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