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- What is orthostatic hypotension?
- What causes orthostatic hypotension?
- What are the risk factors for orthostatic hypotension?
- What are the symptoms of orthostatic hypotension?
- When should I call the doctor for orthostatic hypotension?
- How is orthostatic hypotension diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for orthostatic hypotension?
- What are the complications of orthostatic hypotension?
- How can orthostatic hypotension be prevented?
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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 Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease
"Mechanisms, causes, and evaluation of orthostatic hypotension"