Fluctuating Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension and low blood pressure or hypotension are two known problems regarding blood pressure, and many people know that they have undesirable and negative effects on the human body. But most people do not know about fluctuating blood pressure and the adverse effects that it may have to the human health.

Fluctuating blood pressure is a colloquial term for the medical condition called labile blood pressure or borderline hypertension, which is characterized by the inconsistency of the blood pressure that changes from a desirable or normal level to an undesirable or high level. However, fluctuations can range from both high to low levels, and both can be detrimental. The cause of this is the change in the volume of blood or the rate of heart beat.

When the blood pressure fluctuates from normal to high, it may show signs of hypertension or that it is difficult for the heart to pump blood. There are many underlying causes for this, like if you have a heart disease or if hypertension runs in your family. If this is an event that occurs to you often, you might want to consider analyzing your lifestyle. If you’re lifestyle matches high blood, then you have to be cautious and start changing those unhealthy ways. But if you’re not a candidate for hypertension, then you might be suffering from a heart problem, or the disease runs in your family. That’s why you have to take note of it. When you observe that your blood pressure is fluctuating from normal to low all the time, consult your doctor to be able to get a clearer diagnosis.

On the other hand, if your blood pressure fluctuates from normal to low, this may mean that your heart is pumping slower, or the volume of your blood is decreasing from time to time. It can be a sign that you’re not getting enough oxygen, or your blood isn’t sufficient to create a normal flow. In such incident, you might experience dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea. Although not as serious as fluctuating from high to normal, this condition might be a precursor to low blood pressure of hypotension. It’s easier to manage this, though, because you just have to increase the blood pressure slightly. One way of doing this is by eating a lot of foods rich in iron, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and sodium. But because the condition isn’t really hypotension, sodium should still be limited because it can backfire and turn into hypertension instead if too high amounts of sodium have been taken.

There are also other reasons why the blood pressure fluctuates. For instance, if you took your blood pressure right after waking up, it may be normal or quite low. And then the next time of day you take your blood pressure is after working out, it may be elevated slightly. Also, the machine you might be using to get a reading might not be accurate, or you might have incorrectly read it. In order to get better readings, make sure you do it on a time that you are relaxed, and there are no external factors that can affect the blood pressure like extreme heat or extreme cold, moments of extreme emotions, and the like.

Fluctuations in blood pressure are signs that there is something not right in the body. To be able to avoid the adverse effects of full-blown hypertension or hypotension, it’s best to always monitor your blood pressure and record it in a notebook so you can have a history and reference that will support your assumptions if you suspect that you are suffering from either low or high blood. In such event, bring the record to your doctor and discuss with him the methods which you can do to normalize your blood pressure.