Orthostatic Blood Pressure: Here's all that you need to know about orthostatic hypotension

Have you ever had a moment when you got up and suddenly felt light-headed? This could be due to a drop in your blood pressure; Find out more
Orthostatic Blood Pressure: Here's all that you need to know about orthostatic hypotensionOrthostatic Blood Pressure: Here's all that you need to know about orthostatic hypotension
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We've all read about high blood pressure and low blood pressure and the problems that it brings along but we don't really pay much attention to low blood pressure. We just don't take it seriously. Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension, can also be a big problem for you health-wise. But what is low blood pressure all about? We end up with the low blood pressure when the pressure of blood against the walls of your blood vessels is lower than normal. But there is more to low blood pressure than just this.

We've all had a moment when we stood up and suddenly felt light-headed or dizzy. This happens because of a major drop in your blood pressure when you change your position. This usually occurs when you're sleeping or sitting and then suddenly get up and get like a head rush or a dizzy feeling. This is called orthostatic hypotension or orthostatic blood pressure. It is essential to know all about this problem and treat it instead of simply brushing it off as regular lightheadedness.

Orthostatic Blood Pressure Symptoms:

- Dizziness
- Light-headedness
- Blurry vision
- Fainting
- Falling
- Confusion
- Fatigue
- Nausea
- Weakness

This happens as soon as you stand up or change positions and the symptoms subside within a span of minutes but in some cases, you may need to sit down and relax for a minute to go back to feeling normal. If this has become a regular problem, you may want to see a doctor at the earliest.

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Orthostatic Blood Pressure Causes:

This can happen due to dehydration or low blood volume. It can happen if you have anemia or have lost a significant amount of weight due to any reason. People with eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia also suffer from this condition as a side-effect.

People with any sort of neurodegenerative disorder also often suffer from this problem. Certain medications like antidepressants and alpha-blockers can also cause this problem.

Orthostatic Blood Pressure Treatment:

In most cases, this problem is treated with some basic lifestyle changes. It required you to stay hydrated and limit your alcohol and diuretic intake. You also need to ensure that you avoid straining yourself and be careful when you switch positions. 

In some extreme cases of orthostatic hypotension, the doctor may prescribe medications that can help raise your blood pressure. 

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