People with high blood pressure that have been unable to obtain Medical Insurance because of their high blood pressure might think it might be kind of a cool to have low blood pressure. Not really. Low blood pressure occurs when the blood pressure during and after every heartbeat is much lower than usual. When that happens, your heart, brain and other parts of your body do not get enough blood. Blood carries oxygen. Sometimes when doctors are trying to figure out why someone has low blood pressure they may have to stay in the hospital for a while. If that happens to you and you have Medical Insurance remember that you will be responsible for paying the deductible before your Medical Insurance provider will pay anything. When you are obtaining Health Insurance Quotes from insurance brokers and considering different Medical Insurance plans for purchase, always pay close attention to the deductible. You just might have to pay it someday.
When you go to visit your doctor they always take your blood pressure. A normal blood pressure rating is 120/80. As long as there are no symptoms of trouble, usually the lower the blood pressure the better. So how low can you go? The symptoms of low blood pressure from the American Heart Association are:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- D ehydration and unusual thirst
- Lack of concentration
- Blurred vision
- Cold, clammy, pale skin
- Rapid, shallow breathing
If your doctor suspects low blood pressure he/she will probably take your blood pressure in both the lying down and standing position. Once it has been determined that you have low blood pressure the next step is to find out why. Finding out the why part is very important and again, this is where you will feel safe and protected because you have Medical Insurance. One of the tests your doctor will probably order is a CBC (complete blood count). Without Medical Insurance this test usually runs around $300. If your Medical Insurance policy is one where you do not have to pay the deductible in order to get the negotiated rate your Medical Insurance carrier can offer you, you will probably pay about $30 for the test. BlueCross/BlueShield of Florida offers free lab work on many of their Medical Insurance policies. If you have one of those Medical Insurance plans your costs for a CBC would be $0.
It is very important to discover the cause of your low blood pressure. There are a whole slew of tests that your doctor could order. Some of those tests are: blood electrolyte measurements, measuring cortisol levels, blood and urine cultures, chest x-rays, CT scans, and EKG’s. Don’t worry about the costs though. You do have a Medical Insurance plan, right?