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A sphygmomanometer, otherwise known as a blood pressure cuff. It is used to measure blood pressure.

Cardiologist: Chronic Low Blood Pressure Is Dangerous



Dr. Ramond Moronkola, a consultant cardiologist, has said that chronic low blood pressure is dangerous to human health.

On Thursday, Dr. Moronkola, who works with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), stated this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

He cautioned against “allowing blood pressure to fall to dangerous levels known in medical science as orthostatic hypotension”.

According to Dr. Moronkola, the condition was most common among people who were 65 years of age or older because the body’s ability to react to drops in blood pressure could slow down as a person ages.

He explained that low blood pressure does not discriminate against age, gender, weight, cardiovascular health, kidney or diabetic status.

The cardiologist said that insufficient blood flow to the brain played a critical role in the development of low blood pressure. He explained that the problem could occur when a persons blood pressure drops suddenly and the brain is deprived of adequate blood supply which can lead to dizziness or lightheadedness.

“Low blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is much lower than normal. This means the heart, brain and other parts of the body do not get enough blood. Meanwhile, the normal blood pressure is mostly between 90/60 mmHg and 120/80 mmHg”.