After the physical assessment and health interview, the doctor may order some tests to determine what’s causing your hypotension.
From there, the two of you can work on a strategy to treat your condition.
But what if you’re not showing any symptoms of low blood pressure?
In that case, the doctor would most likely monitor your condition whenever you have a routine check-up.
How to Prevent Low Blood Pressure
After learning about the symptoms of low blood pressure, let’s discuss its prevention.
Generally, preventing hypotension depends on what causes it, but these measures could help:
Drink More Fluids
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of low blood pressure, one of the prevention methods is to drink more water. This is because dehydration sometimes causes hypotension.
Moreover, being dehydrated could also result in similar symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, and weakness.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Did you know that nutrient deficiency could lead to low blood pressure?
When you significantly lack nutrients like iron, vitamin B12, and folate, you wouldn’t be able to produce enough red blood cells, resulting in hypotension.
Maintaining a healthy diet helps ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients you need for blood production.
Talk to Your Doctor About Your Medication
In discussing the symptoms of low blood pressure and its prevention, it’s only natural to talk about medications.
Some types of drugs, like diuretics, anti-depressants, and of course, antihypertensives, could trigger hypotension.
If you feel that one of your medications is causing you to experience low BP, approach your doctor about it. Regularly monitor and record your BP so that your doctor can see the trends in your levels and adjust your medicine if necessary.
Avoid Abrupt Changes in Positions
One type of hypotension, called orthostatic or postural hypotension, happens because of sudden changes in position.
If you notice that you mostly feel dizzy or lightheaded within minutes of standing up from a seated or lying down position, you could be having orthostatic hypotension. It is best to avoid suddenly standing up from a bed or chair; instead, take time to gradually change your position by sitting up for 5 minutes (from lying down) before slowly standing up.