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Treating Postural Hypotension

When blood pressure becomes low in your body, the blood vessels don’t have enough pressure to pump blood up the brain when you get up suddenly. This is known as Postural hypotension. It is also commonly referred to as Orthostatic hypotension. It can be treated by medication but some people simply have low blood pressure, and are so prone to dips.

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Treatment Tips for Postural Hypotension

  • More salt. If you had been taking low salt all these time then add some extra sodium to your diet. But don’t exceed the daily recommend limit of 6g.
  • Go slow. When you get up from bed just count for five and then start moving. It helps to prevent sudden blasts of dizziness.
  • Check your dose. If you had been taking medication for bringing down high blood pressure then sometimes it may bring down your blood pressure too low. So consult your doctor and see to that your BP doesn’t dip too low.
  • Correct Posture. Certain body postures such as sitting with knees upto chest or crossing legs position should be avoided.
  • Drink more. Increase fluid intake to prevent the effects of dehydration.
  • Medications. A drug called fludrocortisone (Florinef) is used in treating this condition. This drug increases the volume of fluid in blood vessels. Though it’s effective it has some side effects such as lowering magnesium and potassium levels in blood, causing headache and weight gain. Pyridostigmine bromide (Mestinon) is also now used to treat this condition.

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