Medical Q&As

Low blood pressure

What are the symptoms associated with low blood pressure and how can this be treated?

Low blood pressure is not a recognised medical condition in the same sense as high blood pressure. The terms are not opposite sides of the same coin. Blood pressure can drop very low as part of the bodyís response to a catastrophic event such as a major heart attack or blood loss due to personal injuries. Low blood pressure can be associated with other medical conditions in which case it is one of a collection of signs that are diagnostic of that condition. It is not a discrete medical entity in its own right. The term was used very loosely in the past as an explanation for fatigue. If a doctor discovers that a patientís blood pressure is low he needs to establish why it is low.