Low blood pressure – also known as hypotension – can be a big problem and have a number of negative effects on your health. This is often overlooked however as we tend to focus primarily on the negative effects that high blood pressure can have.
High blood pressure is caused when the heartrate is too high, the blood is too viscous or we have a build up of fatty deposits in our blood vessels. But while this is definitely a problem and can eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke, low blood pressure is also a big issue. Low blood pressure is caused by the opposite effects, which in turn means that your heart will need to work harder to move blood around as it normally would.
This can result in something of a fight between your heartrate and gravity. That in turn means that blood will struggle to get pumped up to your brain, which in turn can lead to a number of symptoms that you might not notice or that might have a negative impact on your every day life.
Low blood pressure is just as much of a problem then, but can often be overlooked. And part of the reason for this is that the symptoms are more likely to go unnoticed more of the time.
Read on for seven of the lesser known – but still serious – side effects of hypotension.
One side effect of low blood pressure is that it can make you dizzy. This is one of the better known symptoms and especially when we stand up quickly or move around. This is a lot easier to notice than other, more moderate symptoms.
But confusion on the other hand is something that can be less easy to spot. If you find yourself feeling a little confused or just experiencing ‘brain fog’, then low blood pressure is definitely one possible explanation.