How Do You Fix Low Blood Pressure Now?

Reviewed on 5/17/2022
Woman sitting on a sofa and checking her blood pressure at home
Low blood pressure doesn't need to be fixed unless it causes bothersome symptoms. When treatment is needed, it may include medcations and lifestyle changes such as drinking more fluids, changing how you sit and stand up, changing what and how you eat, and compression stockings.

Low blood pressure (hypotension) is a condition in which the force of blood pumping through the arteries is lower than normal. 

There is no specific measurement at which blood pressure is considered too low. For some people, a low blood pressure is normal, and in general, lower blood pressure is better. 

It is not always necessary to fix low blood pressure, especially if low blood pressure does not cause any bothersome symptoms. When symptoms of low blood pressure occur, treatment depends on the symptoms. 

Lifestyle changes to fix low blood pressure may include: 

  • Drinking more fluids
  • Changing how you sit and stand up
  • Changing what and how you eat 
  • Compression stockings 

Medical intervention to fix low blood pressure may include: 

  • Medication to raise blood pressure
  • Adjusting medicines that cause low blood pressure (never change the dose or regimen of a prescribed medication without first talking to your doctor)

What Are Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure?

Chronically low blood pressure is usually only a medical concern if it causes symptoms such as:

Extremely low blood pressure can lead to shock, which is a medical emergency. Call 911 and get to a hospital’s emergency department (do not attempt to drive yourself) if you notice signs of shock including: 

  • Weak and rapid pulse
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Cold and sweaty skin
  • Bluish skin tone

What Causes Low Blood Pressure?

Causes of low blood pressure include: 

Reviewed on 5/17/2022
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