Low blood pressure symptoms – 6 – brain health

guide to low and fluctuating blood pressure 6The difference between timing and the severity of low blood pressure symptoms were explained in Part 5.

In this part you will learn the reasons behind low numbers, associated symptoms and how they affect your health. The more you know the healthier you can be, because…

Low blood pressure symptoms are frequently missed

90% of people do not know what their normal blood pressure is. Even fewer people realize how their blood pressure behaves in different situations. But should’t your doctor tell you if something is wrong?

A vast majority of doctors are preoccupied only with high blood pressure. Low and fluctuating blood pressure, although common, is frequently dismissed. This is very unfortunate because exactly these two types of circulatory problems are most concerning.

High numbers are easily lowered by medication, but low or erratic blood pressure presents a real challenge. There is no pill for fluctuating blood pressure. The onus is on you to know what to do and when to stabilize your heart. This is where your knowledge of foods that help raise or lower the numbers is priceless. Download our DrD Fridge Chart to have a quick, always available reference.



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Blood pressure must fluctuate

Did you do the health test explained in part 5? If you scored well, congratulations. If your numbers weren’t that great consider working on them. Blood pressure that does not adjust with activity correlates with inferior health.

If you missed the test, answer the questions below. The answers will help you determine if your heart keeps up with you.

  • Do you feel dizzy on standing up eg. in the morning or after an afternoon nap?
  • Do you blank out while exercising, eg. while lifting weights in a gym
  • Do you feel lightheaded while standing up from bending forward eg from tying shoes?
  • Do you lose balance during exertion eg. playing ball or picking garbage?

If you feel dizzy, lightheaded or unsure on your feet at any of the above situations chances are your blood pressure does not adjust well to your physical needs.

Sudden drops of blood pressure?

Sudden drops in blood pressure are not random or normal cardiovascular events. They do have underlying causes. But even though your doctor does not seem to find any plausible reason behind it, eg. failing heart or wrong medication, you should not leave it alone, because dropping blood pressure cause an array of ill-health effects.

One of the bigger effect of poor circulation and depressed numbers is decreased cerebral flow, meaning poor blood flow to the brain. Poor brain circulation leads to poor brain oxygenation and this has profound consequences in daily life. Consider that even very minuscule drops in blood pressure, drops that most doctors would consider as normal, have been found to negatively impact brain health.

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Effects of low blood pressure on brain

Here are just a few examples of effects of decreased brain oxygenation:

  • Poor hearing and eyesight, eg. you may not hear a car coming and get into an accident
  • Personality changes, eg. you would be more prone to anxiety or anger and have poorer interpersonal relationships with your family and co-workers
  • Loss of coordination, eg. you can fall more easily, be more prone to accidents, and will drop things in the kitchen
  • Blurry vision, tunnel vision, eg. you will have difficulty reading signs, computer screens or newspapers
  • Slurry speech, mispronunciation, difficulty forming sentences, eg. it will be more difficult for you to participate in conversations and express yourself due to excessive effort or embarrassment
  • Poor judgment, wrong decisions, confusion, eg. you may spend your money unwisely or take wrong turns while driving
  • Memory loss, forgetfulness, eg. you will miss your doctor’s appointment or find yourself misplacing things
  • Puzzling headaches because your doctor may not be able to find a cause

Low blood pressure causes treatment symptomsThese were just a few every day examples, but beside those low blood pressure symptoms poor brain oxygenation may lead to more serious behavioral and mental performance effects.

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Moody? Maybe it is low blood pressure?

From the experience you may know that low numbers and foggy thinking go together, but you may not know that low blood pressure symptoms are not only related to various levels of impairment in perception and cognition, but also to bad mood.

People with low numbers are also found to have reduced motivation, increased feeling of hopelessness, and are less likely to put any effort.[i] Anxiety, depression and sequelae of low brain oxygenation have far-reaching consequences at work, and at home.  They lead to poorer interpersonal relationships, loss of satisfaction, higher stress, and lower productivity.

Fluctuating blood pressure is not only linked to lower mental performance and poorer mood. It is also linked to some diseases like diabetes, ADHD, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Maybe low blood pressure symptoms do not make you worry about getting a stroke, but you should consider that they may impair your daily life in areas you may have not previously suspected. For all heart-related products visit Our STORE


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[i] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23656967

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