Orthostatic hypotension is a drop in blood pressure that occurs when moving from a laying down (supine) position to a standing (upright) position. The word "orthostasis" means to stand up, so the condition is defined as low blood pressure (hypotension) that occurs upon standing.
Orthostatic hypotension has two forms that result from two main causes.
Orthostatic hypotension is a common condition that affects about 6 percent of the population. This condition is especially common in older adults, affecting at least 10 to 30 percent of people in this group.
Orthostatic hypotension is a complex condition and is usually not inherited. However, having a close relative with orthostatic hypotension likely increases a person's risk of developing the condition.
Published Date: March 01, 2019Published By: National Institutes of Health