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What Does Hipotension May Cause
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
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). ...Read more
Many causes: Usually it is due to dehydration and electrolyte deficiencies in young adults. Rarely, it is due to leaky aortic valves. Sometimes it is due to certain hormone deficiencies or anemia. You should see your doctor for lab tests and to see if you have leaky valve (murmur on exam) and if further evaluation with echocardiogram is needed. ...Read more
Very late..: Coral snake venom is a neuro toxin, unlike the rattlesnake which is a hemo (blood cell) toxin. Neuro toxins cause paralysis of the respiratory muscles, so you stop breathing. The inability to breath and lack of oxygen will eventually cause hypotension and circulatory collapse...Just before you die. ...Read more
Is common : Low BP during pregnancy is common but doesnt mean the prenancy is the olny cause.Other causes should be ruled out.Thyroid dz, adrenal insuffiency, hypovolemia, etc should be addressed . If you are asymptomatic and there is no fetal distress and work up for secondary causes are ruled out , then should be fine. Your obstatrician may want to follow you more closely then most routine pregnancy. ...Read more
Several things: Lots of things can cause low blood pressure. If it is related to surgery, the first thing i would consider would be bleeding (bad to miss and easy to correct). The anesthetic agents themselves can lower blood pressure. If the patietn had a heart attack during surgery the blood pressure could be low. So the anesthesiologist must figure out which problem it is, as the treatment depends on the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: Malaria is a viral illness and cause fevers, during fevers there is vasodilitation which causes hypotension. Also as the virus attacks the body and the body attacks the virus many free radicals and chemical reactions take place many of which cause the body's blood vessels to dilate and cause hypotension. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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