Low Blood Pressure Postural Overview
Another name for Low Blood Pressure Postural is Orthostatic Hypotension.
What is orthostatic hypotension?
A person with orthostatic hypotension has an abnormal decrease in blood pressure after standing up from a lying or sitting position. Common causes of orthostatic hypotension include diabetes, dehydration, or a drug side effect.
What are the symptoms of orthostatic hypotension?
Symptoms of orthostatic hypotension include dizziness and lightheadedness that occurs immediately after standing up from a lying or sitting position. Additional symptoms of orthostatic hypotension include fainting, weakness or fatigue, and nausea.
How does the doctor treat orthostatic hypotension?
The treatment for orthostatic hypotension depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for orthostatic hypotension may include oral fluids, support stockings, oral corticosteroids, increasing sodium in the diet, and medications that support blood pressure. An adjustment in the dose of a medication may relieve symptoms of orthostatic hypotension.
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