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The Low Down on 8 Causes of Low Blood Pressure

The media and medical world place a lot of emphasis on high blood pressure, as it can lead to bigger problems like stroke or heart attacks. However, there are a substantial number of Americans out there dealing with the opposite problem – low blood pressure (or hypotension).

However, what some people might not be aware of is that low blood pressure can be just as dangerous, as lack of blood flow to major organs can cause heart attacks or kidney failure, according to MedicineNet.com. Aside from potentially serious symptoms, here are eight possible causes your blood pressure is too low…

1. Hormone Imbalances

The Mayo Clinic explains that “endocrine problems” can lead to low blood pressure. These conditions, some tied to the thyroid gland that controls many of the body’s functions, include parathyroid disease.

Addison’s disease (adrenal insufficiency) is also a possible cause. The source puts a couple of other health problems into the endocrine malfunction category – these include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as well as diabetes.

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