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Low Blood Pressure (cont.)


  • 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.

Synonyms and Keywords

low blood pressure, hypotension, orthostatic hypotension, lack of blood flow, anaphylactic shock, micturition syncope, shock

Authors and Editors

Author: Benjamin C. Wedro, MD, FAAEM

Editor: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD

Last Editorial Review: 4/8/2008

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Shock is defined as a clinical syndrome due to inadequate tissue perfusion that results in end-organ dysfunction.

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