Postural Hypotension Advice

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What is postural hypotension?

Postural hypotension—or orthostatic hypotension— is when your blood pressure drops when you go from lying down to sitting up, or from sitting to standing.

When your blood pressure drops, less blood can go to your organs and muscles. This can make you more likely to fall.

What are the symptoms?

Although many people with postural hypotension have no symptoms, others do.

These symptoms can differ from person to person, and may include:

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When might it happen?

What causes postural hypotension?

Postural hypotension can be caused by or linked to:

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What can I do to prevent postural hypotension?

Content by Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan on 16/20/2020. Last reviewed Dr IOS 17/06/21.