Dr. Okechukwu Anthony, a cardiologist, has said that chronic low blood pressure is dangerous because it rarely manifests apparent symptoms.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that While observing that many Nigerians were trying to reduce their blood pressure, he warned against allowing blood pressure to “fall to dangerous levels known in medical science as orthostatic hypotension.
Anthony told the Latest Nigeria newspaper on Friday in Abuja that low blood pressure was a significant predictor of cognitive impairment and the likelihood of developing dementia. According to him, low blood pressure does not take into account age, sex, weight, cardiovascular, renal, or diabetic state.
The cardiologist said that insufficient cerebral blood flow plays a critical role in the development of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and, perhaps, even Parkinson’s diseases. According to him, some experts believe that it can even play a leading role in diseases.
Anthony said health problems could occur when blood pressure suddenly drops, and the brain is deprived of an adequate blood supply that could cause dizziness or lightheadedness.
The cardiologist said that a sudden drop in blood pressure occurs most commonly when people get up from the position lying or sitting, standing, and particularly recommends that pregnant women take note of that.
He revealed that lower blood pressure could lead to stroke, heart attacks, kidney failure, and shock, warning that if not appropriately treated, death could occur.
Anthony advised Nigerians to obtain monitors that would allow them to monitor their blood pressure levels regularly, noting that health was the vehicle that transported humans through the journey of life.