Feel faint? Or dizzy? You could have low blood pressure. Find out how to manage your symptoms.
Whenever blood pressure hits the health headlines, it’s normally about the dangers of high blood pressure. But low blood pressure can cause us health problems too.
What is low blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the pressure inside your arteries created by blood moving around your body. It’s given in two measurements:
• systolic pressure – when your heart beats and forces blood out into your arteries
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Symptoms of low blood pressureIf you have low blood pressure, you may experience:5
• heart palpitations
• feeling sick
• general weakness
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Five ways to tackle low blood pressure1. Get up slowly, especially after sleeping at night. Try doing some stretches in bed to get your circulation going before you get up too.7 2. Wear support stockings. They put pressure on the blood vessels in your feet and legs, helping to increase overall blood pressure.8 3. Avoid large meals. Eating smaller, more frequent meals may help avoid postprandial hypotension. Stay seated after your meal too.9 4. Start snacking on liquorice. A study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension in 2001 found consuming just 50mg of liquorice a day could cause a rise in blood pressure.10 5. Cut down on coffee and alcohol before bed. This helps avoid dehydration, which causes low blood pressure. Stick to water and herbal teas instead.11
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6. As above
7. NHS Inform. Low blood pressure (hypotension) – treatment. Available from: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/heart-and-blood-vessels/conditions/low-blood-pressure-hypotension#treatment
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10. Sigurjónsdóttir HÁ, et al. Liquorice-induced rise in blood pressure: a linear dose-response relationship. Available from: https://www.nature.com/articles/1001215
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