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Dr. Chirag Patel
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Postural Hypotension (Overview)

Postural hypotension describes a phenomenon that occurs in some people -- usually otherwise healthy -- in which after they rise from either a prone, or sitting, position their blood pressure quickly becomes lower. As a consequence, the affected person becomes uncomfortably dizzy, or lightheaded for a short time period.


Dr. Chirag Patel
261 doctors shared insights

Postural Hypotension (Overview)

Postural hypotension describes a phenomenon that occurs in some people -- usually otherwise healthy -- in which after they rise from either a prone, or sitting, position their blood pressure quickly becomes lower. As a consequence, the affected person becomes uncomfortably dizzy, or lightheaded for a short time period.


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What does it mean to have postural hypotension?

What does it mean to have postural hypotension?

Low on standing: Normally the blood pressure is actually slightly higher when you stand up. Autonomic nerves cause the blood vessels to constrict and slighly overshoot so that the blood pressure goes up a little. So it is abnormal for your blood pressure to go down (hypotension) when you stand up. There are many reasons why this occurs, so tests are needed to figure out the cause so that it can be treated properly. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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See your doctor to evaluate cause
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Have meds adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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Does postural hypotension usually cause many symptoms?

Does postural hypotension usually cause many symptoms?

Dizziness: Drop in blood pressure with change in posture, usually going from sitting to standing will cause decreased blood flow to the brain which will typically result in lightheadedness. In the most serious of situations, it could cause enough lightheadedness to cause a fall. See your doctor. There are many different causes from medications to certain types of medical conditions. ...Read more

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I am experiencng postural hypotension, I am much sacred whether any ans dysfunction..What may be the cause and what should be the treatment?

See a doctor: Postural hypotension is an extremely complex disorder and needs to be treated by someone who is knowledgeable in this disorder. A cardiologist or a neurologist who specializes in autonomic dysfunction would be good choices. Endocrinologists sometimes will be helpful. You need to keep well-hydrated and wear compression stockings at least up to mid-thigh as a start. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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What are treatments to aid postural hypotension?

What are treatments to aid postural hypotension?

Depends on cause: This can be due to meds, nervous system disease, heart disease, dehydration, aging, or other. Treatment for each of these can be different. Postural hypotension occuring after eating can be avoided by eating small meals low in carbohydrates. For all causes, stand up slowly rather than quickly to allow the body to adjust. Fludrocortisone can be used in some cases. Please check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for postural hypotension?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for postural hypotension?

Since postural hypot: Since postural hypotension has several potential causes, it is important to make sure that a thorough medical evaluation is accomplished first before an appropriate treatment can be formulated. For some the solution may be the addition of an appropriate medication, in other situations it is a medication or medications that could actually be contributing to this problem. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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What should I do when having postural hypotension?

What should I do when having postural hypotension?

Adrenal support: When having it, get up slowly with something to hold on to to prevent falling. To prevent, look for the cause. It could be a side effect of meds. Most commonly it is due to adrenal insufficiency, a very common condition which is helped by rest, stress reduction, vit c & b vits, salt & herbs like ashwagandha, rhodiola & eleuthero. The book adrenal fatigue by james wilson is an excellent resource. ...Read more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have morning testosterone checked
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Discuss the risk and benefits of testosterone replacement with doc
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Take testosterone replacement as instructed
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How common is it for somebody to get postural hypotension?

How common is it for somebody to get postural hypotension?

That depends: Almost anyone can get a drop in blood pressure when standing up suddenly if he or she is dehydrated at the time (for example, if it's a warm day and you've forgotten to take in enough fluids) or has had alcohol or a medication that opens up blood vessels (some blood pressure meds). Less frequently, it can be caused by an abnormal response by your nervous system to the change in posture. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get postural hypotension off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get postural hypotension off and on?

Doubt it: Orthostasis has multiple causes. I could not find a specific genetic component. If you know what's causing yours may be there is some genetic or hereditary trait like in diabetes autonomic neuropathy, may be in lewy body dementia, or shy drager syndrome. Most orthostasis occurs in elderly and pts with anihypertensives or antidepressants. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
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Avoid foods with visible fat
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Don't eat skin on poultry
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What is Postural hypotension?

BP drop: Your BP (which will normally falls when changing position from recumbent to standing,) drops excessively. ...Read more

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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, 500 mg /day
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Consume potassium rich foods, 3,500 mg daily
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Limit alcohol intake to no mre than 1 oz /day.
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What exactly is postural hypotension?

Low bp with standing: Postural hypotension is a drop in your blood pressure when you change positions. To help improve that your physician could change the time or type of blood pressure, use compression hoses to help keep the circulation up when you stand or add other medication to maintain blood pressure. The treatment varies depending on the cause. ...Read more

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What should I do with postural hypotension?

More salt & fluid: Decrease blood pressure medication and change positions more gradually. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hypotension (Definition)

Hypotension is defined as "low blood pressure". Blood pressure is measured as two numbers and expressed as systolic blood pressure (sbp) / diastolic blood pressure (dbp). The sbp is the pressure that is generated when the heart squeezes. Dbp occurs when the heart relaxes. 120/70 is considered normal in adults. Less than 100/60 (of either number) can ...Read more


Dr. Mohamad Ali
174 doctors shared insights

Low Blood Pressure On Standing (Definition)

I think you are referring to orthostatic hypotension. it is defined as a fall in systolic blood pressure of at least 20 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure of at least 10 mm Hg when a person ...Read more