Signs of Low Blood Pressure

If you suspect that you may be suffering from low blood pressure in Gilbert, AZ, it is time to make an appointment with a cardiologist. Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha, board certified cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology accept new patients and provide the necessary testing that this condition may require.

Feeling Dizzy When Changing Positions

This type of low blood pressure is known as orthostatic hypotension. In most cases, it is caused by a change in position. Your blood pressure drops when you rise from a sitting position to a standing position or from lying down to standing up. You may see stars when you rise or feel lightheaded. You can get this condition at any age, but it is more common among the elderly. Certain conditions can also increase your likelihood of developing this, including diabetes and Parkinson's Disease.

The best way to treat this type of low blood pressure is to change positions slowly and not stand up quickly.

Faintness After Eating

Known as postprandial hypotension, this type of low blood pressure is common in older men and women. As a matter of fact, about 1/3 of older adults suffer from this condition. It results when the heart and the blood vessels don't respond as they are designed to do when you are eating, which is complicated. This can lead to people falling or fainting, which, since it is most common in the elderly, can make it quite a serious condition.

Drinking water before you eat, eating more complex carbohydrates and smaller meals more often can help to overcome this condition.

Lack of Energy

While lack of energy and general tiredness can have many causes, it can also be caused by low blood pressure. When the vital organs are not getting enough blood because of low blood pressure, they won't be working as well as they should, and you may feel fatigue that has no apparent cause. Checking your blood pressure regularly when you are feeling exhausted can help to diagnose this condition.

Keeping yourself hydrated can help, as can caffeine, and eating foods high in folate and vitamin B12. This included fortified cereal, eggs, milk and other dairy products, whole grains, dark leafy greens, peanuts and seafood. By eating fortified cereal with milk you get both B-12 and folate.

Other signs of low blood pressure  in Gilbert, AZ are:

  • Unexplained confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting.  

Contact Dr. Lababidi and Dr. Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology when you are concerned about low blood pressure in Gilbert, AZ. We can be reached at (480) 786-9100. All new patient forms are available on our website.

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