Orthostatic Hypotension

by Cathy Parkes April 02, 2021 Updated: February 16, 2024

A patient is POSITIVE for orthostatic hypotension if: The SBP decreases more than 20mmHg when changing position AND/OR the DBP decreases more than 10mmHg

A patient is POSITIVE for orthostatic hypotension if:

  • The SBP decreases more than 20 mmHg when changing position AND/OR
  • The DBP decreases more than 10 mmHg (with a 10-20% increase in heart rate).

If your patient has orthostatic hypotension, advise them to change positions slowly, and dangle their legs for a few minutes before standing.


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