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What happens when you have low blood pressure?

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If your blood pressure gets too low, your body may not get enough oxygen to carry out normal functions. Low oxygen can make it hard for your heart and brain to work. You might have trouble breathing. You could lose consciousness or go into shock if your organs shut down.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Low Blood Pressure."

Ferri, F. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2012 Mosby, 2012.

FDA: "Midodrine Update: February 8, 2012."

Thaisetthawatkul P. Neurology 2004.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 3, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Low Blood Pressure."

Ferri, F. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2012 Mosby, 2012.

FDA: "Midodrine Update: February 8, 2012."

Thaisetthawatkul P. Neurology 2004.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 3, 2019

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