Risk Factors of Hypotension

Risk Factors of Hypotension


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Risk Factors of Hypotension

Hypotension (low blood pressure) can occur to anybody. However, some people are at greater risk to develop low BP. Some of the factors that may contribute in causing hypotension are

  • Medications: there are many medications that can potentially lower BP. Blood pressure lowering medications used for treatment of hypertension may cause low blood pressure, especially alpha blockers are known to cause hypotension.
  • Medical conditions: certain medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease etc. may cause hypotension.
  • Age: orthostatic hypotension or postural hypotension (lowering of BP on standing from sitting or lying down position) occurs mainly among elderly individuals of more than 65 years of age. Neural mediated hypotension occurs among young adults and children.

What tests are usually done if blood pressure is found low?

The first thing to be done in case of hypotension is to confirm the diagnosis by checking BP using a standard blood pressure checking machine known as sphigmomanometer. Once hypotension is confirmed on few occasions, your doctor may ask you to do further some more tests. Your doctor may ask you to do following tests after diagnosing hypotension:

  • Blood tests
  • ECG or electrocardiogram
  • Ecocardiogram
  • Stress test
  • Tilt table test: this test is done for patients suffering from low BP on standing position and due to faulty nerve signal. This test evaluates how your body reacts to changes in body positions. The patient asked to lie on a table which is than tilted on different direction.

Your doctor may also perform some simple tests such as, Valsalva maneuver (this test is done by closing mouth and nose and blowing forcefully, which opens up the Eustacian tube that connect ear to nose).

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