Postural hypotension (low blood
pressure) is not a disease process, but a condition associated
with several different medical problems. This problem is
characterised by a temporary drop in blood pressure when there is
an abrupt change in body position [when a person stands or sits
up from a prone position].
This may cause the patient who suffers from postural hypotension to feel faint, or actually lose consciousness upon standing.
CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH POSTURAL HYPOTENSION
Treatment is specific to cause.
The side effects of drugs can often be alleviated by reducing
dosages or completely changing medications. See your doctor
before ANY manipulation of your medications. Dehydration can be
corrected by increasing in oral fluid intake or through IV fluid
hydration if the degree of dehydration seems severe to your
doctor. Blood loss in the stools (occult blood) can be detected
by chemical testing of the stool sample (this simple "home
test" is available at your local pharmacy).
Diabetes and age related (elderly) postural hypotension remains a difficult management problem for doctors. Slow rising from a chair, with avoidance of quick positional changes (from a lying to a standing position) is advisable.
The use of compressive nylon stockings have been successful in some patients. See your doctor for guidance.
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