How to Manage Orthostatic Hypotension

Postural or orthostatic hypotension is related to a drop in your blood pressure when changing body positions.  It may be associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure and hardening of the arteries. Also, certain medications can cause orthostatic hypotension.

This condition can be managed by:  

  • Telling your healthcare provider about the symptoms
  • Review your medications with your healthcare provider
  • Get out of bed slowly
  • Take your time when changing body positions
  • Easy movements and exercise before you get up in the morning like moving your feet up and down
  • Have something available to hold onto when standing
  • Drink water!!! Avoid dehydration 
  • Avoid very hot showers and baths

These are a few things that can help you to reduce or eliminate dizziness in order to prevent falls and injury.

I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services

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How to Manage Orthostatic Hypotension

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