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Hypoperfusion And Hypotension How Do They Differ
Related but differ: While you are likely to hypoperfuse with hypotension, the idea differs in result. Hypotension = a blood pressure that is lower than expected for age/size/situation & expected to be inadequate to push blood where needed. Perfusion, the actual distribution of blood & its nutrients within the capillary bed, can be inadequate because of a blockage, like a rubber band on your finger impairs flow. ...Read more
Hypotension is defined as "low blood pressure". Blood pressure is measured as two numbers and expressed as systolic blood pressure (sbp) / diastolic blood pressure (dbp). The sbp is the pressure that is generated when the heart squeezes. Dbp occurs when the heart relaxes. 120/70 is considered normal in adults. Less than 100/60 (of either number) can ...Read more
Significant: High BP is when the pressure inside your arteries is too high - typically > 135/85, which can lead to stroke, heart attack and death. Low blood pressure is when the pressure is too low in the arteries. This can be caused by dehydration, anemia, medications, or infections. Either condition is serious and needs to be addressed. ...Read more
Acute or chronic?: Acute, severe hypotension usually involves a critical illness, e.g. Overwhelming bacterial infection, massive heart attack, etc and requires treatment of underlying cause in icu, often IV fluids to support the circulation, and sometimes strong meds to constrict arteries and raise the pressure. Chronic low BP usually requires oral hydration, esp with electrolytes (e.g. Gatorade or coconut water). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Syncope: The main risk of hypotension, or low blood pressure, is passing out, or "syncope". If this occurs while you are driving, up on a ladder, holding a small child or using a knife or hedge trimmer, for example, this could have disastrous consequences. There are medications that make your blood pressure go up, some by retaining salt and water, like florinef, (fludrocortisone) some by constricting vessels, proamitine. ...Read more
Varies: Essential means that it is not secondary to some known cause such as bleeding, dehydration, or an underactive adrenal gland. So if your blood pressure is lower than average it might be said you have essential hypotension. If you feel well, no problem. In fact those with a low BP live longer. There may be some who just feel weak and dizzy with low bp. Sort of a vague not well understood problem, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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