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what is the cause of hypotension?

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Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 21 years experience
Many causes: Hypotension can be caused by many causes - sometimes it is normal, other times by medications or metaboloic conditions such as low thyroid. Hypotension causing shock can be hypovolemic (from loss of blood), cardiogenic (heart function not working well), obstructive (pulmonary embolism causing blood vessel obstruction), or distriubutive (think sepsis, low adrenal function, anaphyaxis, toxins).

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there risk associated with hypotension?

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Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 34 years experience
Yes: Low blood pressure can result in dizziness or can cause someone to pass out. It also may cause decreased kidney function and other organ dysfunction due to reduced blood flow. People may also feel fatigued and washed out due to hypotension.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Why are headaches associated with hypotension?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Two things: There is a rare cause of headaches related to low pressure in the spinal fluid. It can occur spontaneously or follow a spinal tap. The headache is better lying down and the BP idsnormal. The hypotension is just in the spianl fluid. It is possible that if the BP is low on standing, (orthostatic hypotension) the body produces more adrenaline which could cause a headache. (also worse on standing.).
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Are hypoglycemia and hypotension related?

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Dr. Rodolfo Farhy
Cardiology 36 years experience
Hypotension: The symptoms of hypoglycemia and hypotension culd occasionally be confused. Patients with hypoglycemia might feel near fainting, sweats, tremors and food craving. Patient with hypotension might feel near fainting, but usually no sweats, or food craving, but might be thirsty.
Dr. Gopinath Upamaka
Cardiology 39 years experience
They could be seen at the same time in endocrine deficiencies like Addison's disease. When truly present in the same patient get help
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are some of the causes of hypotension?

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Dr. Leila Wing
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Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Many: Volume depletion/dehydration, medications, sepsis, infection, blood loss, cardiac shock and many others.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What causes hypotension and what are the symptoms? Do you just faint?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Hypotension: There are many causes of hypotension from dehydration to bleeding or an overwhelming infection or sepsis. Often people with significant hypotension can pass out so the first treatment is to lay the patient flat in order to keep the blood going to the brain. Also patients are given lots of fluids to expand the volume.

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