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Low Blood Pressure (cont.)

Summary

  • Low blood pressure in itself may be less important than the symptoms associated with it.
  • The healthcare provider will use a careful history and physical examination to find the cause.
  • Treatment will be based upon the cause of low blood pressure.
  • Sometimes emergency interventions will be needed if the symptoms suggest the risk of organ complications or shock.
  • If there are no symptoms, there may be no treatment needed.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCES

Kaufmann, Horatio, et al. "Mechanisms, causes, and evaluation of orthostatic hypotension." UptoDate. Updated Feb. 2, 2015.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/28/2016

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