Hypotension

As 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, feel weak, 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.

  • Use walkers or canes as told by your doctor.

  • Talk with your doctor about having a home safety check (evaluation).

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You pass out. Do not drive yourself. Call your local emergency services (911 in U.S.).

  • You have chest pain, feel sick to your stomach (nauseous), or throw up (vomit).

  • 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.