Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)

by Fitcoachion | Last Updated: July 22, 2020


Your blood pressure is the force of your blood against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps. Every time your heart beats (this is the heart contracting), it pumps blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is highest when your heart beats and lowest when the heart rests between beats. Blood pressure readings use two numbers, read one over the other. The top number (systolic pressure) measures blood pressure when the heart beats. The bottom number (diastolic pressure) measures blood pressure in between heartbeats. A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80 or slightly lower. If you have a blood pressure reading of 90/60 or lower, you’re usually considered to have low blood pressure (also known as hypotension).

Symptoms of low blood pressure include:

The following breast cancer treatments can cause low blood pressure:

Other breast cancer treatment side effects also can cause low blood pressure:

Managing low blood pressure

Talk to your doctor right away if you experience any of the following conditions that are associated with low blood pressure:

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