How is low blood pressure diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and take your blood pressure by placing a blood pressure cuff around your upper arm. The cuff will tighten on your arm, and the monitor will measure your systolic and diastolic pressure. A blood pressure reading of 90/60 mm Hg (or lower) is considered low blood pressure.
Low blood pressure may be a sign of an underlying condition, so your doctor will try to determine what caused your blood pressure to drop. Depending on your medical history and symptoms, your doctor may also check your heart using an echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, or stress test. Your doctor may also perform blood tests to check for:
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
- Vitamin deficiencies.
- Thyroid problems.
- Hormonal imbalances.
How do I know if I have low blood pressure?
If you have any symptoms of low blood pressure, you should visit your doctor to get your blood pressure checked. Because the signs of low blood pressure can be similar to those of other conditions, it is important to see your doctor so you can be monitored.