How is hypotension treated?

Treatment depends on the type of hypotension you have and how severe your signs and symptoms are. The goals of treatment are to relieve signs and symptoms and manage any underlying condition(s) causing the hypotension. Your response to treatment depends on your age, overall health, and strength. It also depends on how easily you can stop, start, or change medicines. In a healthy person, low blood pressure without signs or symptoms usually needs no treatment. If you have signs or symptoms of low blood pressure, you should sit or lie down right away. Put your feet above the level of your heart. If your symptoms don't go away quickly, you should seek medical care right away.

Orthostatic Hypotension
There are a number of treatments for orthostatic hypotension. If you have this type of low blood pressure, your doctor may advise making lifestyle changes such as:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids, like water
  • Drinking little or no alcohol
  • Standing up slowly
  • Not crossing your legs while sitting
  • Gradually sitting up for longer periods if you've been immobile (not able to move around much) for a long time due to a medical condition
  • Eating small, low-carbohydrate meals if you have postprandial hypotension (a form of orthostatic hypotension)

This answer from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

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