Most people are familiar with the dangers of high blood pressure, or hypertension. However, it is also possible for older adults to suffer from hypotension, or low blood pressure. When a senior’s blood pressure is too low, it can cause them to be dizzy, impacting balance and putting them at risk for falls. They can also faint. Understanding hypotension and recognizing the signs can ensure your aging relative gets the medical attention they need.
Nurse Making Notes During Home Visit With Senior Female Patient
Low blood pressure is usually defined as having a systolic (the top number) pressure that is lower than 90 or a diastolic (the bottom number) that is lower than 60. There are all kinds of things that can cause a person’s blood pressure to be too low. Some causes that may affect older adults are:
Heart Problems: Several heart problems, such as a slow heartbeat, heart valve issues, or a heart attack can cause blood pressure to be low.
Problems Related to the Endocrine System: Conditions of the endocrine system, including thyroid problems, low blood sugar, and diabetes can lead to low blood pressure.
Dehydration: If your aging relative isn’t taking in enough fluids to replace those they lose, their blood pressure could drop.
Medications: There are several kinds of medications that can have low blood pressure as a side effect.
It is also common for older adults to experience low blood pressure upon standing up. It happens because blood gathers in their legs due to gravity. Normally, the body can adjust for this. However, because of the conditions above as well as some others, your older family member may experience dizziness or may even faint.
Signs of Low Blood Pressure
Regardless of the cause of low blood pressure, common symptoms of the problem are:
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
Skin that is cold and clammy.
Fast and shallow breathing.
Managing Low Blood Pressure.
If you notice signs of low blood pressure in your older family member, it’s important that you seek medical attention for them since there may be an underlying condition that needs treatment. In addition to treating the underlying problem, some ways to improve low blood pressure are staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, and changing positions more carefully.
Home health care can assist older adults with low blood pressure by making certain they do not fall when getting up. A home care provider can be there to assist them to stand and hold on to them while their body adjusts. A home care provider can also cook healthy meals and ensure they drink plenty of water throughout the day and taking their medications.
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.