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Dizzy Every time I stand up

By Anonymous July 2, 2012 - 1:09pm
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I'm a 20 (almost 21) year old female. I get really dizzy every time I stand up...sometimes I feel like I'm going to fall over, and need to lay down in order for the dizziness to go away.
I have been diagnosed as with reactive hypoglycemia but I have it under control, and the dizziness happens regardless of if I feel like my blood sugar is low or not, even after a meal.
I also have some kind of heart rhythm problem, although one doctor says one thing and another says something else. One says I have ventricular tachycardia, and another says it's a mild mitral valve prolapse. Both say it's benign.

I'm kind of concerned though, because it happens 95% of the time. Could it be my heart, or something else?

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Hello Anonymous,

You may have orthostatic hypotension, which is also called postural hypotension. It is a form of low blood pressure that results when you stand up for sitting or lying down. Orthostatic hypotension can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded. Sometimes, it may cause you to faint.

Make an appointment with your physician because orthostatic hypotension can sometimes indicate a more serious medical problem.

Orthostatic hypotension occurs when something interrupts the body's natural process of counteracting low blood pressure. Heart problems, such as bradycardia, which is an extremely low heart rate, and heart valve problems can cause orthostatic hypotension.

Diabetes can damage the nerves that help send signals which regulate blood pressure.

Since this is happening almost all the time, you must find the cause.


July 2, 2012 - 4:20pm
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