It might be orthostatic hypotension, a condition that can be challenging to catch and treat.

You stand up and suddenly feel unsteady on your feet. It’s easy to brush off this experience as a fluke or a bug, but don’t. You may have a condition called orthostatic hypotension, a temporary drop in blood pressure when you stand. It’s tricky to catch.

“Blood pressure is highly variable, and depends on position, timing, the method of measurement, and circumstances associated with its measurement,” says Dr. Lewis Lipsitz, chief of gerontology at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and director of the Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife. “It may take multiple blood pressure measurements at different times of day, lying and standing, in order to detect orthostatic hypotension,” Dr. Lipsitz says.

Why it happens


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