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Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is hypotension?

Hypotension is blood pressure (BP) that is lower than it should be. Hypotension may be mild, serious, or life-threatening.

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What are the most common types of hypotension?

What causes or increases my risk for hypotension?

What are the signs and symptoms of hypotension?

How is hypotension diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms, health conditions, and medicines. Tell your provider how often you have symptoms, and if they change during the day. Tell your provider if you recently have had diarrhea, vomiting, or blood loss. Your provider will examine you, listen to your heart, and may check your eyes. Your body movements and sensations (ability to feel something that touches you) may also be checked. You may also need the following:

Which tests may help find the cause of my hypotension?

Many times, hypotension is a symptom of another condition. You may need any of the following tests to find the cause of your hypotension:

How is hypotension treated?

Your healthcare provider will work with you to find the cause of your hypotension and help treat your symptoms. You may need the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage hypotension?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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