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Blood Pressure: Itís a Balancing Act

By: Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

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Many times low blood pressure isnít serious. However, if a caregiver sees a trend of low readings and the symptoms above in their loved one, itís time to seek medical attention. Sometimes these small symptoms all add up to a larger, more serious problem.

So, how low is low? There is no good answer, as every personís normal is unique. Many experts believe that 115/75 is optimal, and low to be 90/60. Only one of the numbers has to be in the low range to be considered ďlow blood pressure.Ē 
A caregiver can help a loved one prevent low blood pressure by implementing these simple home practices, recommended by Mayo Clinic.

  1. Drink more water. Fluids increase blood volume and prevent dehydration; so important for those with low blood pressure.
  2. Follow a healthy diet.
  3. Go slowly when changing body positions. This will reduce dizziness. Mayo recommends a person with low blood pressure take a few deep breaths before sitting up in bed, then rising slowly. An elevated position for the head also helps the effects of gravity.
  4. Eat small, low-carb meals. This helps limit the trend of blood pressure dropping sharply after meals. Drinking caffeinated coffee or tea with meals may also help increase blood pressure during that time.
  5. Use more salt. Many people are encouraged to limit their salt intake. For someone with low blood pressure, however, salt can be a good thing. Make sure a loved one checks with their doctor about the amount of salt to use, depending on other health conditions.
  6. Wear compression stockings. This helps relieve the blood that pools in veins and increase blood flow throughout the body.
  7. Medications. Several medications are available to treat low blood pressure. Make sure a loved one consults their physician for any possible medication benefits.

Low blood pressure is something that can be recognized and treated early on. As a caregiver, itís important to have a basic knowledge of the symptoms and also ways to maintain healthy blood pressure for a loved one. High or low, it is essential to the bodyís well-being.

 

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