A common, but overlooked condition that is defined as a sudden drop in blood pressure that occurs when you
stand from a sitting or lying position. This condition can lead to dizziness, lightheadedness, and, in severe cases, falls. The risk of falls is particularly concerning for older adults, as it can result in serious injuries and loss of independence.
For seniors, orthostatic hypotension can be caused by a
variety of factors. Some common risk factors include:
- Medications: Certain medications used to treat
hypertension, heart conditions, or other health issues can
lower blood pressure.
- Dehydration: Dehydration can result from reduced thirst
sensation or certain medications and can lead to a drop in
- Neurological Disorders: Conditions like Parkinson’s disease
and diabetic neuropathy can affect the nerves that control
blood pressure regulation.
- Heart Conditions: Heart diseases or irregular heart
rhythms may impair the heart’s ability to pump blood
- Bed Rest or Immobility: Prolonged periods of inactivity or
bed rest can make it difficult for the body to adjust to
By understanding and managing this condition, seniors can significantly improve their overall well-being and maintain an active lifestyle.
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