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Orthostatic Hypotension

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by Voyatzis D

(Postural Hypotension)

 

Causes

Orthostatic hypotension has several causes.
 

Symptoms

Symptoms of orthostatic hypotension include:
Exercise or having eaten a heavy meal may worsen symptoms.
If you experience any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to orthostatic hypotension. These symptoms may be caused by other health conditions.
 

RESOURCES

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
http://www.ninds.nih.gov

National Organization for Rare Disorders
http://www.rarediseases.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Heart and Stroke Foundation
http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca

 

References


Berkow R, Beers MH, Fletcher AJ, eds. The Merck Manual of Medical Information—Home Edition . 2nd ed. Simon and Schuster, Inc; 2003.


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Goldman L. Cecil Textbook of Medicine . 22nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2004.


Gupta V, Lipsitz LA. Orthostatic hypotension in the elderly: diagnosis and treatment. Am J Med. 2007;120:841-847. Review.


Lenders JW, Eisenhofer G, Mannelli M, et al. Phaeochromocytoma. Lancet . 2005;366:665-675.


NINDS orthostatic hypotension information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/orthostatic%5Fhypotension/orthostatic%5Fhypotension.htm . Updated September 30, 2011. Accessed March 25, 2013.


Orthostatic syncope. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed . Updated November 9, 2012. Accessed March 25, 2013.


Shibao C, Grijalva CG, Raj SR, Biaggioni I, Griffin MR. Orthostatic hypotension-related hospitalizations in the United States. Am J Med. 2007;120:975-980.

 

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