Our expert says:
Low blood pressure may be a complication of many chronic illnesses. However “low” blood pressure is often a normal finding in healthy young people, in which case it is not a disease and does not require drug therapy - which in any case usually does not help. Also, low blood pressure often gets wrongly blamed for a whole variety of symptoms which are not due to blood pressure.
I assume from what you tell me that you do not have any chronic illness and you don’t have varicose veins.
The only symptom that is generally related to low blood pressure is postural dizziness, ie a tendency to feel lightheaded when you stand up too quickly or remain standing or sitting for too long. Usually it is easy to prevent this by getting up slowly, walking around instead of standing, etc.
As people get older blood pressure tends to creep up and a very high proportion of people who live in the first world develop high blood pressure in later life. “Low” blood pressure when you are young probably means you are less likely to develop high blood pressure when you are old, so in the long run low blood pressure when you are young may be a blessing rather than a curse.
I hope this is helpful. Best wishes. JT
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