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How your cardiologists in Gilbert, AZ, can help when you have low blood pressure.
Low blood pressure, also called hypotension, means that your blood pressure measures lower than 90/60. It is a measurement of how your blood is flowing through your arteries. If you have low blood pressure, you may not be having any symptoms or problems, but low blood pressure can have some unpleasant side effects too.
The good news is, your cardiologist can help if you are having problems from low blood pressure. Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, offer a wide range of cardiology services, including treatment for low blood pressure.
Low blood pressure can be caused by many underlying conditions including:
- Pregnancy or anemia
- Low B-12, folate or iron levels
- Dehydration or blood loss
- Heart problems including a low heart rate, valve issues, heart failure, or a heart attack
- Endocrine issues including hypoglycemia or diabetes
- A severe infection or an allergic reaction
Low blood pressure can also be a side effect of some medications, including:
- Water pills like hydrochlorothiazide and furosemide
- Alpha and beta blockers like prazosin, and atenolol
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Parkinson’s disease medications
- Erectile dysfunction medications including Viagra
If you have low blood pressure, you might start experiencing signs and symptoms like these:
- Feeling faint or fatigued
- Feeling light-headed or dizzy
- Having blurred vision
- Having difficulty concentrating
You should seek out your cardiologist if you have low blood pressure readings frequently. Your cardiologist may just need to monitor your blood pressure, or you may need treatment to feel your best. Some common treatments for low blood pressure include:
- Medications including fludrocortisone, to increase blood volume
- Medications including midodrine, to restrict expansion of blood vessels
In addition to medication therapy, your cardiologist may recommend lifestyle and diet modifications like these:
- Using more salt in your diet to raise blood pressure
- Drinking more water to prevent dehydration
- Wearing compression stockings to reduce blood pooling
If you have low blood pressure, don’t ignore it. Talk with the experts by calling Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, at (480) 786-9100. Call today.