Low Blood Pressure Caused by Position Change as a Fall Risk

Low Blood Pressure Caused by Position Change as a Fall Risk

9 January 2024

What can be done to alleviate and avoid Orthostatic Hypotension?

Check with your family doctor if the medications you take, daily, or specifically currently, are associated with Orthostatic Hypotension. Accordingly, it is time to find out whether to stop taking them or substitute them with other medications

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Get out of bed slowly. First, sit down, and then sit on the side of the bed, and only then stand up.

Take your time when changing position. For example, when moving from sitting on a chair to a full standing position.

Try sitting down when engaging in activities, such as bathing, changing clothes, or working in the kitchen.

Before getting out of bed do some exercises, for instance, move your feet up and down, open and close your fists. After getting up, make a few steps in place.

It is recommended to install in advance an accessory like a grab bar, to help you grab and provide a support while getting out of bed.

If you are feeling dizzy, even slightly, stop! Do not walk if you are feeling dizzy. Wait for the feeling to subside to avoid a fall that may cause an injury.

A sufficient fluid intake of 6-8 glasses per day can alleviate symptoms. Drink plenty of water, unless you received a medical instruction to limit your fluid intake.

Avoid taking very hot baths or showers that may cause your blood vessels to dilate, and lower your blood pressure even more.

Try sleeping with several pillows to elevate your head. Elevation of the head will ensure that enough blood reaches the head area.