Q: I have recently been diagnosed with low blood pressure [BP]. I know that having high blood pressure increases my risk of heart disease and stroke. But I have no idea how dangerous low blood pressure is. Can you please tell me if it’s a problem?
— Soniya Kapoor
A: Yes, low BP is a problem. It causes symptoms like sweating, giddiness, palpitation [abnormal heart rate], sinking feeling, and in extreme cases, loss of consciousness. You need to discuss this problem with your doctor and ask him about the care you need to take to avoid emergencies.
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