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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


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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?

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 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. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of postural hypotension, and what's it got to do with the spinal cord injury?

What is the technical definition of postural hypotension, and what's it got to do with the spinal cord injury?

Postural hypotension: ...is a big problem for many patients with SCI, particularly those with cervical or high thoracic spine injuries. It occurs from damage to the nerves of the autonomic nervous system. Some can be treated with just salt tablets, but there are medications which can help if needed. Exercise, including usingelectrical stimulation (FES) or bodyweight-suported treadmill, can be useful. Good luck! ...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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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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What are the symptoms of postural hypotension?

What are the symptoms of postural hypotension?

Dizziness: Dizziness and lightheartedness sometimes accompanied by an increase in heart rate. ...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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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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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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Postural hypotension. Are you fine if you just move slowly, or is other treatment needed?

Postural hypotension. Are you fine if you just move slowly, or is other treatment needed?

Postural hypotension: The first treatment is to make sure that you are hydrated, so drink more water. If you continue to have symptoms then there are meds that can be used to help. Compression stockings used to be used without much success. ...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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Could a 19 yr old have orthostatic (postural) hypotension?

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

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

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

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I am a 48 year old female with hypotension and postural hypotension. Are there any precautions I should take when having sex with my husband?

I am a 48 year old female with hypotension and postural hypotension.  
Are there any precautions I should take when having sex with my husband?

Bp: You are on medications which can lower blood pressure. During the active period of sex there should be minimal chance of problem, afterwards there could be blood pressure drop so would not be upright with legs dependent for perhaps ten minutes afterward just to play it safe. ...Read more

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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