Dangers of Low Blood Pressure or Hypotension
You may be wondering if there are dangers from “hypotension” or “low blood pressure”? Yes, surprisingly, low blood pressure can be as dangerous as high blood pressure or hypertension! Furthermore, few people realize that hypertensive patients can suddenly, without warning, become hypotensive.
Systolic pressure represents the upper number blood pressure reading signifying the amount of pressure exerted against the arterial wall in the pumping phase of the heartbeat. Adults registering 140 mmHg or higher are considered to have high blood pressure but doctors are vague about what constitutes low blood pressure. Some say it could be considered low if the systolic pressure is below 100 mmHg. Most patients who are believed to have low blood pressure have a serious challenge in getting their blood pressure to rise. Typically, medical examiners do not regard this as a problem.
How do we check for low blood pressure? The best way we know is to check the blood pressure of the patient while he or she is sleeping. When the patient awakens at a 65-degree bed slope, then check the blood pressure again. Now compare the two readings. In a healthy individual, the blood pressure reduces when you awaken at a 65-degree slope, but it quickly returns to normal. However, individuals who experience low blood pressure will have their blood pressure elevate. It could take several minutes to hours or NEVER to normalize depending on the individual.
What happens to the blood pressure when you wake up suddenly? Blood flow to the brain slows for several seconds followed by vertigo (dizziness) and possibly vomiting in the individual experiencing low blood pressure. You can easily see how this condition paves the way for stress and degeneration in other areas.
How do temperature changes affect blood pressure? We all know that if you suddenly enter a cold air-conditioned room during the summer, or come from the cold outside during winter into a warm room, your blood pressure may decrease. For vulnerable persons, sudden low blood pressure may occur, especially when other stressors are added to sudden atmospheric temperature changes. There may be more reasons aside from stress, but stress is surely one of the reasons!
You might be thinking this could happen to hypertensive persons as well. Yes, it can easily happen to them! Heart attack and cerebral stroke are believed to be caused by high blood pressure. As you know, high blood pressure weakens blood vessels and promotes thrombus (blood clots).
Effects of Bathing on Blood Pressure
We have gathered data about fluctuating blood pressure before and after a bath among people with hypertension compared with people with normal blood pressure. According to this information, people with hypertension experience an elevation in blood pressure immediately after bathing followed by an immediate drop to low blood pressure. However, for these individuals, blood pressure does not return to normal or it seems to have difficulty returning to normal.
This post-bath sudden high blood pressure level may be accompanied with dangerous signs such as:
- Collapse during the bath
- Danger of brain anemia
- Danger of heart attack
- Blood vessel bursting causing stroke or sudden death
Why is it difficult for a person with hypertension to return to normal blood pressure following bathing? Actually, a sensor that perceives the blood pressure in the wall of the blood vessel of our neck carries out the role of adjusting the blood pressure. However, the sensitivity of this sensor may dull for people suffering with arteriosclerosis and the like. This makes it more difficult for the blood pressure to return to normal.
How to Prevent Hypertension during a Bath
To prevent hypertension, daily care and attention is required to maintain normal blood pressure.
- Avoid taking a bath after drinking. Drinking causes the blood pressure to go down easily.
- During winter, warm up the bathtub and the bathroom before taking a bath to avoid sudden rise of blood pressure. When the bathroom is cold, your blood pressure may rise easily.
- Very hot water and long hot water bath should be avoided.
- Rest your arm on the edge of the bathtub. This is a preventive measure to keep you from drowning in the bathtub.
How to Prevent Unexpected Decrease in Blood Pressure
There are people whose blood pressure decreases after each meal. This is because strong blood flow is required for stomach and intestines to break down the food and converting it to blood. This requires a great outlay of energy. Thus, a shortage of blood occurs in the heart and the brain, which contribute to poor blood circulation and low blood pressure.
Many salesclerks in the malls or supermarkets standing all day are experiencing symptoms of low blood pressure due to gravity pulling of blood in the lower extremities. So what is the solution to this problem? A simple cup of coffee or pair of tight or fishnet-type stockings can help greatly. If you belong to the group of people experiencing low blood pressure after meals, then drink a cup of coffee before and after your meal. How does this help? The answer is very simple! Coffee contains caffeine that narrows the blood vessels! If you belong to the group experiencing low blood pressure due to your work requiring that you stand all day, then use a pair of tight or fishnet stockings. In this way, your blood pressure will not decrease as you expect! How does a pair of tight stockings prevent low blood pressure? The answer is also simple! The flow of blood to your feet will be limited by restricting their capacity for expanding to take on more blood volume.
Do these simple ways of treating low blood pressure have any side effects? Yes, they may have side effects if you will continue doing them for several weeks. Try it for one week only. After a week, it is possible that you will not be suffering from sudden low blood pressure anymore! This is the power of simple, natural remedies. It's wonderful, isn't it? Of course, there could be many other reasons that can contribute to low blood pressure. Consult your doctor if necessary.