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What is orthostatic hypotension.

Unsteadiness or LOC on standing from lying in those with inadequate vasomotor reflexes.


Who is at risk of developing orthostatic hypotension. (5)

The elderly.
Those with autonomic neuropathy.
Those on antihypertensive medication.
Those with multisystem atrophy.


What is the aetiology of orthostatic hypotension.

A drop in systolic blood pressure of >20 or more on standing from a sitting or lying position.


What mechanism usually prevents orthostatic hypotension in normal individuals.

Reflex vasoconstriction prevents a drop in pressure.