Do you ever feel dizzy or dizzy when you get up or after lying down?
Orthostatic hypotension, also called postural hypotension, is a sudden fall blood pressure after getting up.
When you stand up, your blood rushes to your legs, causing your blood pressure to drop suddenly.
Your heart must work harder to increase your blood pressure and heart rate to get your blood flowing through your body.
It may take about a minute for your blood pressure and heart rate to stabilize.
Untreated orthostatic hypotension can lead to early death.
Causes of orthostatic hypotension
Orthostatic hypotension is more common in older people and people with heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, anemia, thyroid problems, and alcoholism.
As we age, the heart cells and arteries that keep our blood pressure normal respond more slowly.
Some factors that can cause orthostatic hypotension include not drinking enough water or sweating excessively while working out, which leads to dehydration.
Drugs that cause orthostatic hypotension
Medications that treat erectile dysfunction, Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure, diuretics (water pills), antidepressants, and antipsychotics can also cause your blood pressure to drop when you’re on your feet.
Postprandial hypotension occurs in people who feel dizzy after eating. The brain sends more blood to the abdominal area to digest food after eating. When you stand up, your blood rushes to your legs and you feel dizzy.
If you feel dizzy or dizzy upon standing up, call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room to be evaluated to determine the cause of your drop in blood pressure.
Always get up slowly from a seated position. If you’re lying down, swing your legs out of bed first, then sit on the edge of the bed for a few moments before slowly getting up.
Your goal is to reduce the risk of a fall that could result in serious injury.
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