Hypotension

ExitCare ImageAs your heart beats, it forces blood through your body. This force is called blood pressure. If you have hypotension, you have low blood pressure. When your blood pressure is too low, you may not get enough blood to your brain. You may feel weak, feel lightheaded, have a fast heartbeat, or even pass out (faint).

HOME CARE

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Take all medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Get up slowly after sitting or lying down.

  • Wear support stockings as told by your doctor.

  • Maintain a healthy diet by including foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and lean meats.

GET HELP IF:

  • You are throwing up (vomiting) or have watery poop (diarrhea).

  • You have a fever for more than 2–3 days.

  • You feel more thirsty than usual.

  • You feel weak and tired.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You pass out (faint).

  • You have chest pain or a fast or irregular heartbeat.

  • You lose feeling in part of your body.

  • You cannot move your arms or legs.

  • You have trouble speaking.

  • You get sweaty or feel lightheaded.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.