What kind of doctor should I see for orthostatic hypotension?

What kind of doctor should I see for orthostatic hypotension?

An nOH specialist is a doctor who can help diagnose and manage nOH. Usually this is a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders, but it can also be a general neurologist or a cardiologist.

How do you improve orthostatic hypotension?

Lifestyle and home remedies

  1. Increase salt in your diet. This must be done carefully and only after discussing it with your doctor.
  2. Eat small meals.
  3. Ask about vitamin supplements.
  4. Get plenty of fluids.
  5. Avoid alcohol.
  6. Exercise.
  7. Avoid bending at the waist.
  8. Wear waist-high compression stockings.

When does orthostatic hypotension occur in a person?

Orthostatic hypotension is defined as a decrease in systolic blood pressure of 20 mm Hg or a decrease in diastolic blood pressure of 10 mm Hg within three minutes of standing compared with blood pressure from the sitting or supine position.

How to take an orthostatic blood pressure reading?

How To Take Orthostatic Blood Pressure Measurements 1. Ask the resident to lie down on the bed for five minutes to allow his/her blood pressure to settle to a normal supine pressure. 2. Take the blood pressure and pulse, recording the numbers and identifying them as “lying down.” 3.

Where can I get help for orthostatic hypotension?

1 Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Center, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, and Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Tennessee, USA. Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is an important and common medical problem, particularly in the frail elderly with multiple comorbidities and polypharmacy.

When to use tilt table for orthostatic hypotension?

Head-up tilt-table testing can aid in confirming a diagnosis of suspected orthostatic hypotension when standard orthostatic vital signs are nondiagnostic; it also can aid in assessing treatment response in patients with an autonomic disorder.