Home Health & Hospice

What is hypotension?

Homecare Insider, February 8, 2016

Hypotension is low blood pressure—or blood pressure readings of 90 or less systolic and 60 or less diastolic. (Many nursing experts consider hypotension to be 100/60 or below.) If a patient suffers from hypotension, the heart might be working harder to send enough blood and oxygen through the body, causing a high pulse rate. Hypotension may be caused by dehydration, or by serious medical or surgical disorders, including congestive heart failure. Hypotension may cause dizziness and fainting, which may result in other injuries.