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Low Blood Pressure

Alternate Names : Hypotension

Low Blood Pressure | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Blood pressure is usually measured with a tool called a blood pressure cuff. Other special devices are sometimes used. Diagnosis of the cause starts with a history and physical exam. This may be all that is needed to determine the cause in some cases.

In other cases, further tests are needed. For example, a complete blood count, or CBC, can help diagnose infections. Low oxygen in the blood can be detected by arterial blood gases. A heart tracing, or ECG, can help diagnose abnormal heartbeats. A chest x-ray can help diagnose pneumonia.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
Date Reviewed: 06/07/01

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