Health Tip: Understanding Low Blood Pressure

(HealthDay News) -- Hypotension, or low blood pressure, can occur for a variety of reasons and may cause lightheadedness or dizziness.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute explains these risk factors for low blood pressure:

  • Taking a diuretic medication, which causes the body to pass more urine.
  • Taking a high blood pressure medication.
  • Having a heart condition.
  • Having a central nervous system disorder, such as Parkinson's disease.
  • Being unable to move around for long periods, or spending long periods in a heated environment.
  • Being pregnant.