Postural Hypotension Home Care
- Avoid alcohol.
- Dehydration prevention:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Avoid hot environments.
- Avoid excessive sweating.
- If you feel faint:
- Lie down.
- Elevate your feet above your heart for 10-20 minutes.
- Learn how to take your own pulse.
- Learn how to take your blood pressure.
- Check your blood pressure every day:
- Rise slowly from a sitting position.
- Take prescribed medications as directed.
Postural Hypotension Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have orthostatic hypotension and any of the following:
- Blood in the stool:
- Worsening vomiting
- Vomiting blood
- Vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds
- Chest pain
- Worsening diarrhea
- Difficulty breathing
- Worsening faintness
- Loss of vision
- Sudden weakness
- Worsening low blood pressure:
- Systolic blood pressure (top number) below 95
Continue to Postural Hypotension Prevention
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