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?
The diagnosis is done by a general physician on the basis of the symptoms that are being experienced by the patient. Also, a thorough and regular reading of the blood pressure will form part of the diagnosis along with blood tests. An Electrocardiogram and stress test will also help in effective diagnosis.
HOW IS ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION TREATED?
The main form of treatment includes addressing the cause that may be behind the condition. Also, lifestyle changes like limiting salt and having more water will be prescribed, along with compression stockings and other medication.
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.