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Orthostatic Hypotension also known as postural hypotension is the condition of low blood pressure or the drop in blood pressure that occurs when a person gets up after sitting or lying down. A person could feel dizzy and even faint. Some individuals could have blurred vision and nausea.
HOW IS ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose the condition, your general physician may evaluate your medical history, look for the specific symptoms and conduct a thorough physical examination. Blood pressure monitoring, blood tests and electrocardiogram is also suggested. Stress tests, table tilt tests and echocardiogram may also be used to rule out health complications that may cause this condition.
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?
Non steroidal inflammatory drugs can be used for this condition.