What is Orthostatic Blood Pressure?

Orthostatic blood pressure is more correctly known as orthostatic hypotension (hypotension is low blood pressure). It is a condition in which a person’s blood pressure drops significantly when changing positions from lying down or sitting to standing up. When we stand up after sitting or lying down, our blood pools in our legs. The direct cause of orthostatic hypotension is failure of the body to react quickly to the position change by shunting blood from the legs back to the heart. With not enough blood to be pumped out of the heart, blood pressure drops. A person with orthostatic hypotension usually becomes dizzy or falls down when standing up too fast. Older people are more at risk, but anyone can have this problem.

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