Orthostatic hypotension (OH) occurs when the body has an inadequate response to postural changes and, as a result, is unable to maintain a steady blood pressure when moving from a lying to standing position. It is defined as a decrease in systolic or diastolic blood pressure that occurs within three minutes of moving from a sitting or supine position to a standing position. The parameter for OH is a decrease of 20 mmHg systolic or a decrease of 10 mmHg diastolic.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The physiology of orthostatic hypotension
  • The key difference between acute and chronic OH
  • How neurogenic OH differs from non-neurogenic OH
  • Conditions that exacerbate OH
  • Why drug-induced OH occurs
  • Medical conditions that can cause an individual to have acute or chronic OH
  • The complications of orthostatic hypotension
  • How orthostatic hypotension is diagnosed
  • How orthostatic hypotension is treated
  • Pharmacology for OH

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