Low Blood Pressure Causes & Risks

Causes

Orthostatic hypotension has several causes.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

Risk factors include:

  • Increased age
  • Use of certain drugs:
    • Loop diuretics
    • Vasodilators
    • MAO inhibitors
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Tetracyclic antidepressants
    • Phenothiazine antipsychotic drugs
    • Quinidine
    • Levodopa
    • Barbiturates
    • Alcohol
  • Inadequate fluid intake
  • Prolonged bedrest
  • Certain diseases or conditions:
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Advanced heart failure
    • Addison’s disease
    • Diabetes
    • Pernicious anemia
    • Amyloidosis
    • Guillain-Barre syndrome
    • Riley-Day syndrome
    • Shy-Drager syndrome

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2015 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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