Do you feel dizzy when you stand up? You may have a type of low blood pressure called orthostatic hypotension. This condition is also known as postural hypotension.
Symptoms of orthostatic hypotension include:
- Light-headedness or dizziness when you stand
- Blurred vision
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to tell your doctor.
Orthostatic hypotension can be mild. Dizziness or light-headedness from time to time may happen due to standing up too quickly, mild dehydration, changes in blood sugar or overheating. If you notice these symptoms occasionally, you likely don’t need to be concerned—though you should bring them up to your doctor. Simple solutions like sitting up slowly from a reclining position may help. So can sitting on the edge of the bed for a minute before you stand up. Standing for 1-2 minutes while gently touching a chair or wall can help keep you secure and prevent falling.
Symptoms that occur more frequently, however, can signal serious problems that require bigger solutions. Issues with your heart, hormones, meds and nervous system can all cause orthostatic hypotension. Your doctor can help you get to the bottom of any symptoms you may be experiencing. Once they’ve done that, they can help you feel better!
If your symptoms cause you to become unconscious even briefly, contact your doctor right away. Keep track of any milder symptoms as they occur. Write down when they happened, how long they lasted and what you were doing at the time. For example, note if you were standing for an extended period or getting up quickly after sitting or lying down. These details will help your doctor figure out what’s causing your symptoms and how they might be treated.