Low blood pressure symptoms – 5 – fainting

guide to low blood pressure symptoms 5In part 4 you learnt about low blood pressure symptoms at night and got some valuable tips on how to revive circulation in the morning.

Here are quick links to topic dealing with subgroups and specific symptoms of low blood pressure:


Do you know at what point low blood pressure symptoms turn to loss of consciousness? Do you know what it takes to faint? Do you know that heart fluctuations  predict health? These and more will be discussed below.

So who faints?

It does not take just any drop in blood pressure to cause loss of consciousness. Numbers around 100/50 mmHg may make you tired and foggy, but is not enough to make you faint.

It has been estimated that fainting happens only when the top (systolic) number goes below 60 mmHg.[1] I want to stress, that this number pertains to the top, NOT the bottom number. The bottom number does not play a part in fainting.



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You want higher blood pressure on standing

Strangely enough how circulation behaves after you stand up is very health-predictive. Healthy individuals do not experience a circulatory disruptions while changing positions. Healthy people do not feel dizzy after standing up because their blood pressure adjusts to their every move. The numbers go up when it is needed and keep down when it is not. Standing up requires higher blood pressure, and lying down needs lower. That’s why healthy people experience a rise in numbers upon standing. Such flawless automatic heart adjustment is one of the signs of good health.

When cardio and nerves work together

When the nervous and circulatory systems work in perfect harmony, blood pressure will reflect that. Heart should adjust its work when a situation demands it. Such is the case with changing positions. Getting up should stimulate blood pressure to also go up. This rise should be substantial and fast, in the magnitude of at least 10 points within just a few seconds.

Circulatory balancing is not an easy task. To be perfectly executed the body has to get rapid feedback about brain blood flow and send the right command via nerves to muscles surrounding the blood vessels. Only when this delicate task is executed with perfection the body is capable of satisfying blood flow demands. Not everyone has perfect circulation and the reason is simple. The feedback pathways are long and complicated there is quiet a room for error.

I you have a blood pressure monitor, you can check the nerves-circulation synchronicity at home. Click here to find out how to perform the test.

3 types of low blood pressure symptoms

Once you do the test you may find out that your circulatory pattern falls into one of three categories below. These patterns range from least concerning to quite worrisome. Each pattern has a specific presentation and have specific causes. Each has different timings and happens to different groups. Read to find out which one you may belong to.

  • Least concerning: Blood pressure falls within 30 seconds of standing up; it leads to dizziness but seldom to fainting and is the least concerning; most affected are younger individuals
  • Somewhat concerning: Numbers fall down within the first 3 minutes upon standing up; it can lead to palpitations, hearing and visual disturbances, sweating, or heart pain; this is most commonly caused by diuretics and cardiac drugs
  • Most concerning: Numbers fall after 3 minutes , sometimes as late as 45 min after standing up; it invariably causes fainting. It accompanies very poor health and may even be a serious sign of failure of body automation. Sweating, back pain, and weakness can show up just before collapse; most affected are older individuals

Reducing low blood pressure symptoms

The tips below work both for chronic as well acute low blood pressure symptoms. They are especially valuable to people who are prone to fainting.

  • Get into a habit of drinking water frequently especially when you talk a lot or sweat a lot. Talking and sweating contribute to water loss. Dehydration contributes to fainting
  • Move about; moving the legs improves circulation and prevent blood from pooling; stay away from long car rides and avoid prolonged standing
  • Keep cool; heat makes low blood pressure worse; avoid crowded and heated places; stay inside air-conditioning malls rather than beaches
  • Don’t panic; emotional distress, especially fear is a major contributing factor to fainting; use biosensor for stress relief
  • Sit down while yawning, coughing, sneezing, eating, and peeing. These activities can slow down the heart rate and cause a sudden blood pressure drop;
  • Sit down while playing a brass instrument; blowing and breath holding slows down heart rate
  • Be vigilant during and after exercise; vigorous body movements are very demanding on cardiovascular system; weightlifting is especially cardiovascular-ly challenging; get oxygen meter
  • Skip neck exercises altogether; certain neck movements and neck rubbing can significantly slow down circulation
  • Tell your massage therapist about your condition; neck contains blood pressure regulators and rubbing or massaging them will slow down the heart and produce significant low blood pressure symptoms
  • Take care of varicose veins; they can cause blood pooling and prevent blood pressure spikes when your body needs them; get compression stockings


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If you tend to have poor circulation and are prone to fainting keep the above tips in mind. Pass them also to your parents. Older individuals are most vulnerable to falls due to compromised health and poor circulation. Part 6 of the guide to low blood pressure symptoms will talk about erratic circulation and hypotensive personality. For all your heart-related needs visit Our STORE



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[1] http://www.escardio.org/guidelines-surveys/esc-guidelines/guidelinesdocuments/guidelines-syncope-ft.pdf



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