Ever feel lightheaded or dizzy from standing up too quickly? It could be caused by a condition called orthostatic hypotension. Orthostatic hypotension is when the blood pressure drops when a person changes position, such as rising from a sitting or lying position to standing.
Orthostatic hypotension may be mild and last for less than a few minutes. However, long-lasting orthostatic hypotension can signal a more serious problem. Orthostatic hypotension can be caused by something obvious, such as dehydration, and is easily treated. Other causes might include diabetes, heart disease, and nervous system problems.
What are the symptoms? The symptoms can vary from person to person, and may include: • Dizziness or lightheadedness • Feeling about to faint, passing out, or falling • Feeling nauseated, or hot and clammy • Weakness
Since the problem varies from person to person, there is no single treatment for orthostatic hypotension. If orthostatic hypotension leads to fainting or tends to worsen over time, consult with a health care provider.