Woman’s Doctor: Be aware of orthostatic hypotension

Woman’s Doctor: Be aware of orthostatic hypotension


EARLY TREATMENT IS VITAL FOR STROKE PATIENTS, SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW AND ACT ON THE SYMPTOMS. IN TONIGHT’S WOMAN’S DOCTOR, ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION — YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE TERM, BUT YOU MAY KNOW THE CONDITION. WE’VE ALL HAD IT HAPPEN. A DROP IN BLOOD PRESSURE THAT MAKES YOU FEEL A BIT DIZZY OR LIGHT-HEADED AFTER STANDING UP QUICKLY. MERCY MEDICAL CENTER DOCTOR JONATHAN RICH SAYS ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION IS COMMON IN BOTH SEXES OF ALL AGES AND IS USUALLY HARMLESS.>>YOU CHECK SOMEONE’S BLOOD PRESSURE WHILE THEY ARE LAYING DOWN AND HAVE THEM STAND UP AND CHECK THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE AND IF THOSE NUMBERS DROP A CERTAIN AMOUNT, IT QUALIFIES AS ORTHOSTATIC HYPERTENSION. — HYPOTENSION. IT BECOMES A PROBLEM IF IT IS PROLONGED AND LASTS SEVERAL MINUTES OR LONGER THAN THAT, IF IT IS HAPPENING VERY FREQUENTLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY, IF IT IS LEADING TO YOU ACTUALLY FALLING, THEN IT BECOMES SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS WHERE WE PROBABLY WOULD BE MORE AGGRESSIVE.

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