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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

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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I think there might be a genetic link. My (maternal) aunt and I both have pretty severe postural hypotension (fainting occasionally).?

I think there might be a genetic link. My  (maternal) aunt and I both have pretty severe postural hypotension (fainting occasionally).?

You are correct: A genetic defect resulting in low aldosterone could be found in genetically related people. Low aldosterone results in low sodium, and low sodium results in low volume, and low volume results in low blood pressure. Standing will result in less than needed blood pressure to keep the brain alert. ...Read more

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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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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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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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What is the definition or description of: Postural hypotension?

Low blood pressure: 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. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about postural hypotension tachycardic syndrome? Do you always notice low BP when sitting? Most significant signs/sx?

What can you tell me about postural hypotension tachycardic syndrome? Do you always notice low BP when sitting? Most significant signs/sx?

Many: There not enough space to answer your question in a meaningful way. Please read the following and if you have specific questions, please ask again http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/postural_orthostatic_tachycardia_syndrome. ...Read more

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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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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. Chirag Patel
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Postural Hypotension (Definition)

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 ...Read more