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  • Hypotension

    Definition
    Hypotension is the medical term for low blood pressure, meaning the body isn't getting enough blood. With this condition, your heart doesn't adequately circulate blood to various regions of the body. The 'normal' blood pressure range is between 90/60 mmHg and 130/80 mmHg, so if you have hypotension, you'll have a blood pressure below 90/60 mmHg. The top number is the systolic value, which indicates how hard the blood pushes when the heart beats. The bottom number is the diastolic value, which indicates how hard the blood pushes between heart beats. Blood pressure can vary throughout the day, but hypotension generally refers to chronic low blood pressure.
    Symptoms
    Dizziness or light headedness, Fainting (syncope), Lack of concentration, Blurred vision, Nausea, Cold, clammy, pale skin, Fatigue, Depression, Thirst .

  • Hypotension

    Treatment
    Use more salt, Drink more water, Wear compression stockings.

  • Hypotension

    Statistics
    Nine patients (37%) were classified as having a serious form of SIH: six (25%) presented SDHs; three (12%) disturbance of consciousness; and one (4%) cerebral venous thrombosis. Bed rest and epidural blood patches (EBPs) were sufficient to treat all patients in the nonserious form group and 4 patients in the serious form group. Two patients (8%) had to undergo cerebrospinal fluid leak repair, and 3 others (12%) evacuation of SDHs. Outcome was good in both groups, with only one (4%) death due to extensive SDHs. Times to diagnosis in the serious form group (63 vs. 35 days, P = 0.052) and to recovery (9 months vs. 5 months, P = 0.088) tended to be higher without reaching difference.

 

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