Also known as postural hypotension, Orthostatic Hypotension is a type of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down. This can make you feel dizzy and may even make you faint. Usually, the condition lasts for a few seconds but if this happens for a longer period and is more frequent, it may indicate a more serious condition. Apart from light-headedness, the other symptoms are blurry vision, weakness, confusion and nausea.
HOW IS ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION DIAGNOSED?
Monitoring of blood pressure while standing and sitting could help diagnose this disorder. Blood tests and ECG could help to determine whether this condition is being caused due to any other disorders or diseases.
HOW IS ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION TREATED?
Treatment would depend on whether this condition is being caused by any other condition or disease such as dehydration. Medications such as fludrocortisone could be prescribed to patients by a general physician. Lifestyle changes such as increasing the amount of water consumed especially in hot weather and increasing salt intake could help patients.
DID YOU KNOW?
Most people experience orthostatic hypotension at sometime but most cases are mild with symptoms passing quickly and therefore they go unnoticed and undiagnosed.