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What are the risks associated with getting postural hypotension in the eye?

What are the risks associated with getting postural hypotension in the eye?

None: The change in pressure is miniscule and not clinically relevant unless one has severe glaucoma.

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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


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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.

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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.

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What happens if you have postural hypotension what are ways to stop feeling dizzy?

What happens if you have postural hypotension what are ways to stop feeling dizzy?

Move slowly: Get up very slowly, always giving yourself time (at least 1-2 minutes) to equilibrate. Wear tight fitting support hose. Eat a lot of salt. Drink lots of fluid. If you're still dizzy when you're lying down, you don't have postural hypotension. Reconsider the diagnosis.

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Does postural hypotension always relates to low blood pressure?

Does postural hypotension always relates to low blood pressure?

Yes: Postural hypotension means, by definition, that the BP falls when you assume an upright posture. The starting BP isn't necessarily low. For instance, supine BP could be 200/100 and with standing, BP might fall to 160/70: this is also postural hypotension.

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Cab Postural hypotension cause severly weak legs, Almost to the point of falling ?

Cab Postural hypotension cause severly weak legs, Almost to the point of falling ?

Yes, if: Yes, but only if you document a severe drop in BP at the exact same moment your legs feel weak.

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I am easy to faint all my life.Dr.'s have said vasovagal syncope, postural hypotension.They say eat salt.Is there any otther recourse?

I am easy to faint all my life.Dr.'s have said vasovagal syncope, postural hypotension.They say eat salt.Is there any otther recourse?

Several: Drink plenty of fluids and avoid standing up quickly. If the salt and fluids don't help a medication called Florinef (fludrocortisone) can sometimes help quite a bit. If this doesn't work then ssri medications (like prozac) can be very effective. You need to talk with a specialist in syncope.

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Have previa. Last week I could see the blood flowing out! could postural hypotension be related to it? (now on bedrest but up to bathroom)

Have previa. Last week I could see the blood flowing out! could postural hypotension be related to it? (now on bedrest but up to bathroom)

Call your doctor: I hope you called your doctor about the blood flow. Blood pressure that drops when you sit or stand (changes with posture = postural) can be due to infection, medications as well as dehydration (ie, bleeding).

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What should I do with postural hypotension?

What should I do with postural hypotension?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can you tell me about orthostatic or postural hypotension?

Can you tell me about orthostatic or postural hypotension?

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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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.

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Could a 19 yr old have orthostatic (postural) hypotension?

Yes: More common in younger patients. Get evaluated if you have symptoms or are concerned.

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Should I see a specialist for postural hypotension, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Both: Some times neurologists that specialize in autonomic disorders or dysautonomia can help where your primary care doctor cannot, but usually your regular doctor can point you in the right direction. Treatments range from the simple (avoiding standing quickly) to prescription medications, and depend on your personal history.

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45 minutes tilt test what would be the difference in results between pots and postural hypotension ?

Heart rate: In pots there may a drop in BP upon standing but the bigger issue is a fast hr. In neurally mediated syncope (orthostasis ) there is a drop in BP that is associated with either no change in hr (vasodepresor), or a cardioinhibitory response where hr slws.

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


Dr. Mohamad Ali
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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