by Cathy Parkes April 02, 2021 Updated: December 29, 2021
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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