Orthostatic Hypotension (cont.)

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How can orthostatic hypotension be prevented?

Since dehydration is the most common cause of orthostatic hypotension, it is important to minimize the risk by keeping adequately hydrated. This is especially important if an individual works or exercises in a hot environment. Fluid lost from vomiting, diarrhea, and other illnesses that are associated with a fever should be replaced as best as possible.

Patients taking new medications that may affect the autonomic nervous system should be aware of the potential for orthostatic hypotension and report any symptoms to their health care practitioner.

Medically reviewed by Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, MBA, FAAFP; American Board of Family Medicine

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"Mechanisms, causes, and evaluation of orthostatic hypotension"
uptodate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/8/2014

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