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is ortho static hypotension ever a cause for concern?

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Dr. Gerald Neuberg
Cardiology 38 years experience
Sometimes: Anybody can get lightheaded if they jump up from bed too fast. Usually it's enough to slow down and sit before standing, and avoid dehydration. More serious oh is usually seen in older patients with parkinsons and other neuro conditions and can be quite disabling. Their BP can drop as much as 90 points from lying to standing and we have some special treatments for them.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Orthostatic hypotens: The significance has to do with the problems caused by dropping blood pressure with position change. This can be very problematic for people. See the following wiki for more details: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/orthostatic_hypotension.

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Can someone be born with hypotension?

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Dr. Charles Jost
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Hypotension: This is a broad question. Can someone be hypotensive at birth? Yes. As an infant/toddler/child ? Yes. Hypotension has many causes including infection, blood loss, orthostatic hypotension - especially during pregnancy, etc. A BP of 95/60 is normal and others who would feel ill. If you would be more specific about the circumstances, there are narrower answer. Hypotension can be dangerous.
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Is hypertension or hypotension more common?

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Dr. Michael Klein
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Hypertension: Hypertension is elevated blood pressure from a variety of causes, but particularly aging, obesity, poor diet, etc all make it worse or start younger. Since these are many of the hallmarks of the modern lifestyle (well , aging comes with all lifestyles), hypertension is much more common. Hypotension (low blood pressure) can come from the wrong dose of blood pressure meds, or some heart problems.
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What are some of the nursing interventions for hypotension?

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Dr. Rick Koch
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IV fluids and: Lowering the head below legs.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What causes hypotension when someone has malaria?

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Dr. Kevin Lingle
Cardiology 15 years experience
Many things: Malaria is a viral illness and cause fevers, during fevers there is vasodilitation which causes hypotension. Also as the virus attacks the body and the body attacks the virus many free radicals and chemical reactions take place many of which cause the body's blood vessels to dilate and cause hypotension.
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What is the connection between renal function and hypotension?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Hypotn decreares fxn: Low blood presure to the kidneys causes the kidneys to malfuntion. The kidneys need a large blood volume with an adequate pressure to perfuse and function properly. When the BP is low the kidneys hold on to fluids and urine out put drops. The BUN and cr are elevated indicating a back up of waste and when it goes on longperiod of time its called atn or acute tubular necrosis. If no relief dialysis.

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