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You may be wondering if there are dangers from "hypotension" or "low
blood pressure"? Yes, surprisingly, low blood pressure can be as
dangerous as "high blood pressure" or "hypertension"! Furthermore,
few people realize that hypertensive patients can suddenly, without
warning, become hypotensive.

Systolic pressure represents the upper number blood pressure reading
signifying the amount of pressure exerted against the arterial wall
in the pumping phase of the heartbeat. Adults registering 140 mmHg or
higher are considered to have high blood pressure but doctors are
vague about what constitutes low blood pressure. Some say it could be
considered low if the systolic pressure is below 100 mmHg. Most
patients who are believed to have low blood pressure have a serious
challenge in getting their blood pressure to rise. Typically, medical
examiners do not regard this as a problem.

How do we check for low blood pressure?
The best way we know is to check the blood pressure of the patient
while he or she is sleeping. When the patient awakens at a 65-degree
bed slope, then check the blood pressure again. Now compare the two
readings. In a healthy individual, the blood pressure reduces when
you awaken at a 65-degree slope, but it quickly returns to normal.
However, individuals who experience low blood pressure will have
their blood pressure elevate. It could take several minutes to hours
or NEVER to normalize depending on the individual.

What happens to the blood pressure when you wake up suddenly?
Blood flow to the brain slows for several seconds followed by vertigo
(dizziness) and possibly vomiting in the individual experiencing low
blood pressure. You can easily see how this condition paves the way
for stress and degeneration in other areas.

How do temperature changes affect blood pressure?
We all know that if you suddenly enter a cold air-conditioned room
during the summer, or come from the cold outside during winter into a
warm room, your blood pressure may decrease. For vulnerable persons,
sudden low blood pressure may occur, especially when other stressors
are added to sudden atmospheric temperature changes. There may be
more reasons aside from stress, but stress is surely one of the

You might be thinking this could happen to hypertensive persons as
well. Yes, it can easily happen to them! Heart attack and cerebral
stroke are believed to be caused by high blood pressure. As you know,
high blood pressure weakens blood vessels and promotes thrombus
(blood clots).

Effects of Bathing on Blood Pressure
We have gathered data about fluctuating blood pressure before and
after a bath among people with hypertension compared with people with
normal blood pressure. According to this information, people with
hypertension experience an elevation in blood pressure immediately
after bathing followed by an immediate drop to low blood pressure.
However, for these individuals, blood pressure does not return to
normal or it seems to have difficulty returning to normal.

This post-bath sudden high blood pressure level may be accompanied
with dangerous signs such as:
1. Collapse during the bath.
2. Danger of brain anemia.
3. Danger of heart attack
4. Blood vessel bursting causing stroke or sudden death

Why is it difficult for a person with hypertension to return to
normal blood pressure following bathing?

Actually, a sensor that perceives the blood pressure in the wall of
the blood vessel of our neck carries out the role of adjusting the
blood pressure. However, the sensitivity of this sensor may dull for
people suffering with arteriosclerosis and the like. This makes it
more difficult for the blood pressure to return to normal.

How to Prevent Hypertension During a Bath
To prevent hypertension, daily care and attention is required to
maintain normal blood pressure.

1. Avoid taking a bath after drinking. Drinking causes the blood
pressure to go down easily.
2. During winter, warm up the bathtub and the bathroom before
taking a bath to avoid sudden rise of blood pressure. When the
bathroom is cold, your blood pressure may rise easily.
3. Very hot water and long hot water bath should be avoided.
4. Rest your arm on the edge of the bathtub. This is a preventive
measure to keep you from drowning in the bathtub.

How to Prevent Unexpected Decrease in Blood Pressure
There are people whose blood pressure decreases after each meal. This
is because strong blood flow is required for stomach and intestines
to break down food, converting it to blood. This requires a great
outlay of energy. Thus, a shortage of blood occurs in the heart and
the brain, which contribute to poor blood circulation and low blood

Many sales clerks in the malls or supermarkets standing all day,
contributing to symptoms of low blood pressure due to gravity pooling
of blood in the lower extremities. So what is the solution to this
problem? A simple cup of coffee or pair of tight or fishnet-type
stockings can help greatly. If you belong to the group experiencing
low blood pressure after meals, then, drink a cup of coffee before
and after your meal. How does this help? The answer is very simple!
Coffee contains caffeine that narrows the blood vessels! If you
belong to the group experiencing low blood pressure due to your work
requiring that you stand all day, then use a pair of tight or fishnet
stockings. In this way, your blood pressure will not decrease as you
expect! How does a pair of tight stockings prevent low blood
pressure? The answer is also simple! The flow of blood to your feet
will be limited by restricting their capacity for expanding to take
on more blood volume.

Do these simple ways of treating low blood pressure have any side
effects? Yes, they may have side effects if you will continue doing
them for several weeks. Try it for one week only. After a week, it is
possible that you will not be suffering from sudden low blood
pressure anymore! This is the power of simple, natural remedies. It's
wonderful, isn't it? Of course, there could be many other reasons
that contributing to low blood pressure. Consult your doctor if

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