Orthostatic hypotension describes the sudden failure in blood pressure, which takes place whenever an individual stand.
Home Remedies To Deal With Orthostatic Hypotension
You should follow a few simple and easy home remedies to prevent or manage the condition of orthostatic hypotension. These include the following-
Increase the Consumption Of Salt In The Diet: One of the effective ways to manage your orthostatic hypotension related symptoms is to increase the consumption of salt in your regular diet. However, at the same time, you should do so carefully and only after you discuss it with your doctor. This is because; consumption of salt in excessive quantity may increase your blood pressure to cause hypertension and create other health risks.
Have Meals In Small Quantities: If the blood pressure goes down after you have your meals, you should discuss with your doctor to have small meals, especially various low carbohydrate-based meals.
Choose To Intake Vitamin Supplements: Deficiency of both vitamin B12 and iron (i.e. anemia problem) may affect the flow of blood in your body and make your symptoms related to orthostatic hypotension worse. In this situation, your doctor suggests you intake vitamin supplements and iron to overcome your deficiency.
Consume Plenty Of Water And Other Essential Fluids: You must keep yourself well hydrated to deal with various symptoms of hypotension i.e. low blood pressure. Especially, you should always remember drinking plenty of water and other essential health drinks or fluids before standing for many hours or involving in any type of activity, which may activate your hypotension symptoms or increase the risk related to orthostatic hypotension.
Strictly Avoid Your Alcohol Intake: Alcohol intake may worsen your condition related to orthostatic hypotension. Especially, it may increase your risk and activate the symptoms. Hence, if you are unable to avoid your alcohol intake, at least take steps to reduce it.
Avoid Bending At Your Waist: If you mistakenly drop anything on the floor, you should squat by taking the support of your knees to achieve easy recovery from it.
Make A Habit Of Wearing High-Waist Compressed Stockings: Wearing high-waist and compressed stockings may help you to improve the blood flow and reduce your symptoms related to orthostatic hypotension. You must wear the stockings during the daytime but remove them while you go to bed or anytime while you sleep or lie down.
Get Up At A Slow Rate: You should reduce the problem of lightheadedness and dizziness, which may take place because of orthostatic hypotension by simply moving at a slow rate while standing from lying down.
Sit On The Bed’s Edge For A While: Whenever you get out of your bed, you should sit on the bed’s edge for a while before you should stand.
Elevate The Head While You Are In Bed: By sleeping by slightly elevating your head of the bed may help you a lot to deal with the adverse effects of gravity.
Move The Legs While You Stand: If you experience symptoms while you stand, you should cross the thighs in a scissor pattern and squeeze. Alternatively, you should place one foot over the chair or ledge and leas as forward as possible. These actions may encourage the flow of blood to the heart from the legs.(1)
Exercise For Patients Suffering From Orthostatic Hypotension
Along with the mentioned home remedies, you must consider a few of the important things related to doing exercises if you are an orthostatic hypotension patient. Regular strengthening and cardiovascular exercises may help you reduce or manage your symptoms. Because of this, you should dedicate your time to perform both types of exercises.
However, you should avoid any type of exercise in humid and hot weather. Besides, you should flex and stretch your legs and calves’ muscles before you should sit up. If you find your symptoms striking you, you should squeeze your abdominal, buttock and thigh muscles. Other than this, you should do some marching and squats or simply rise on the tiptoes.(1)
Is Orthostatic Hypotension A Disability?
Orthostatic hypotension may sometimes cause a significant type of disability. Accordingly, the patients suffer from syncope or lightheadedness, dizziness, and various other problems. Each of these problems has a negative influence on daily life activities, which need walking or standing. Along with this, orthostatic hypotension increases your risk related to falls and becomes an independent risk factor related to mortality.(2)