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Low blood pressure Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Low blood pressure. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had low blood pressure?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What symptoms of low blood pressure do you have?

    Why: e.g. faintness with standing, fainting, lightheadedness, dizziness.

  3. Is the low blood pressure found only on standing?

    Why: This suggests orthostatic hypotension, which may be due to several causes, including hypopituitarism (low pituitary gland function), diabetic neuropathy, anemia and various cardiovascular disorders.

  4. Possible sources of low blood volume?

    Why: e.g. trauma, external bleeding, rectal bleeding, bloody stool, vomiting blood, coffee-ground colored vomit, excessive vomiting, excessive diarrhea.

  5. Fluid intake?

    Why: may suggest significantly inadequate intake of fluid and dehydration as cause of low blood pressure e.g. poor fluid intake due to illness, anorexia, malnutrition or neglect.

  6. Are you pregnant?

    Why: diastolic blood pressure normally drops with pregnancy until around 26 weeks gestation and then it increases back to pre-pregnancy blood pressure or higher. This is why women in early pregnancy are often prone to fainting. An ectopic pregnancy may also cause low blood pressure due to shock.

  7. History of trauma?

    Why: e.g. may suggest internal or external bleeding as cause of low blood volume or anemia; injuries to the spinal cord above the level of T4 may cause low blood pressure.

  8. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. congestive cardiac failure, heart attacks, peptic ulcers, diabetes, Addison's disease.

  9. Medications?

    Why: Many medications can cause low blood pressure including nitroglycerine, vasodilators, quinidine and tricyclic antidepressants.

  10. Drug overdose?

    Why: Hypotension is a common feature of drug overdose.

  11. Allergies?

    Why: severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis may cause shock and low blood pressure e.g. antibiotics, X-Ray dyes, foodstuffs such as shellfish, strawberries and peanuts, bee stings.

  12. Fever?

    Why: may suggest septic shock due to infection as possible cause of low blood pressure. Low blood pressure is a late sign in septic shock.

  13. Chest pain?

    Why: may suggest heart attack or pulmonary embolism.

  14. Shortness of breath?

    Why: may suggest pulmonary embolism, allergy, anemia, pneumonia, pulmonary edema.

  15. Symptoms of congestive cardiac failure?

    Why: e.g. shortness of breath on exertion, bilateral ankle swelling that is usually symmetrical and worse in the evenings, with improvement during the night. As the heart failure progresses, swelling ascends to involve the legs, thighs, genitalia and abdomen.

  16. Symptoms of Diabetes mellitus?

    Why: e.g. frequency of urination, excessive thirst, weight loss (especially in Type 1 Diabetes mellitus), tiredness, fatigue, increased infections especially of the skin and genitals, blurry vision. Diabetic neuropathy, a complication of diabetes mellitus may cause low blood pressure.

  17. Symptoms of Addison's disease?

    Why: e.g. pigmentation on the nipples, palmar creases, pressure areas and mouth, tiredness, weight loss, reduced appetite, nausea, diarrhea, passing urine at night. Addison's disease may cause reduced blood pressure.

  18. Symptoms of hypothyroidism?

    Why: e.g. lethargy, weight gain, constipation, puffiness of face and eyes, hair loss, dry skin. Hypothyroidism may cause low blood pressure.

  19. Symptoms of causes of iron deficiency anemia?

    Why: e.g. heavy periods, rectal bleeding, vomiting blood, melena. Anemia may cause low blood pressure.

  20. Symptoms of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)?

    Why: e.g. wheeze, swollen tongue and lips, shortness of breath, hives, generalized skin redness, abdominal pain, seizures.

  21. Symptoms of Shy-Drager syndrome?

    Why: e.g. slow onset usually in the sixth or seventh decades. Features include urinary incontinence, postural dizziness, fainting, impotence and reduced sweating. Later may develop rigidity of limbs, slowing of voluntary movements and lack of co-ordination of moveents.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Low blood pressure:

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Conditions listing medical complications: Low blood pressure:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Low blood pressure' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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