| Low Blood Pressure
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|LOW BLOOD PRESSURE|
|Low blood pressure, otherwise known as hypotension, is a condition characterized by abnormally low pressure in blood vessels. When blood pressure is too low, the supply of oxygen that is carried in the blood cannot be effectively distributed throughout the body.
Low blood pressure can be caused by many conditions including, but not limited to, bleeding, infections, dehydration, heart disease, adrenal deficiency, pregnancy, prolonged bed rest, poisoning, toxic shock syndrome, and blood transfusion reactions. Conditions of the nervous system can also cause low blood pressure including, but not limited to, fright, Shy-Drager Syndrome, Parkinson's Disease, and neuropathy. In addition, certain drugs may cause low blood pressure.
Persons experiencing low blood pressure may exhibit symptoms such as dizziness, light-headedness and fainting. Severely low blood pressure can cause shock.
According to research published in the latest issue of Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, drinking two glasses of water can raise blood pressure, potentially providing a solution for patients with low blood pressure while standing, caused by autonomic failure. Autonomic failure is where parts of the nervous system, responsible for the control of bodily functions not consciously directed, such as blood pressure, heart rate and sweating, do not function properly.
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