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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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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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between postural hypotension and orthostatic hypotension?

Semantics: They mean the same thing. Postural hypotension theoretically could mean any change in posture that induces low blood pressure, but in reality this is only seen when assuming a standing-up position from seated or lying down. Orthostatic hypotension describes the same phenomenon. ...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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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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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

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