Does hypothermia cause low blood pressure?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

Yes. Hypothermia occurs when a person’s core body temperature drops below 95˚F. Severe hypothermia can cause low blood pressure or hypotension. As the temperature drops severely, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure all decrease.

Low temperature causes the blood vessels to temporarily narrow. This occurs to limit the loss of heat from the body and to maintain core body temperature and sufficient blood flow to the vital organs. Patients suffering from moderate or severe hypothermia frequently can be disproportionately hypotensive during rewarming. This can be a result of severe dehydration and shifts in the fluid levels.

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