Orthostatic Hypotension

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Orthostatic hypotension is a form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down. Orthostatic hypotension can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded, and maybe even faint. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Orthostatic hypotension, happens when sitting up or standing causes your blood pressure to drop. This may cause symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness or feeling like you are about to pass out. You also may feel weak or sick to your stomach, or have chest pain or trouble breathing.

Orthostatic hypotension can occur in people with diabetes, Parkinson disease or a nerve disorder called dysautonomia. Some types of medicines or dietary supplements also may cause it. It is often mild, lasting a few seconds to a few minutes after standing.

There are things you can do to help:

Move slowly when sitting up or standing after lying down.

Avoid standing for long periods of time. If you must stand for a long time, squeezing and relaxing your calf muscles can help.

Drink six to eight cups of water each day.

Your doctor may recommend compression stockings or salt supplementation, but do not increase your salt intake without asking your doctor. If you still have symptoms, your doctor may prescribe medicine.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.