Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension) Signs and Symptoms

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Hypotension (low blood pressure) occurs when the force at which the heart pumps blood through the arteries falls. Hypotension can present with various symptoms, from nausea, to dizziness, to heart palpitations.

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Checking blood pressure is an important part of evaluating yourself or your patient. Unfortunately, a problem doesn’t always announce itself with a fanfare of trumpets. Even the highest blood pressure can be entirely asymptomatic. Similarly, low blood pressure can also occur with no symptoms seemingly being present. This is particularly true if the patient is lying still in an unmonitored bed.


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Lynda Lampert
Lynda is a registered nurse with three years experience on a busy surgical floor in a city hospital. She graduated with an Associates degree in Nursing from Mercyhurst College Northeast in 2007 and lives in Erie, Pennsylvania in the United States. In her work, she took care of patients post operatively from open heart surgery, immediately post-operatively from gastric bypass, gastric banding surgery and post abdominal surgery. She also dealt with patient populations that experienced active chest pain, congestive heart failure, end stage renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes and a variety of other chronic, mental and surgical conditions.
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