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orthostatic hypotension?
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orthostatic hypotension?

I've had symptoms consistent with orthostatic hypotension and when visiting the cardiologist, my blood pressure was taken when lying down and then standing.

my results were 122/88 which after standing immediately went to 122/80, after another minute it dropped to 110/70.

I was not given any information about the results- does this indicate orthostatic hypotension or not?
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The proper way of taking orthostatic measurements is to record blood pressure and heart rate when supine (lying down), then having the patient sit up, wait 2 minutes, then record again.  Finally, the patient is then asked to stand up, wait another 2 minutes, then record again.  A drop in systolic blood pressure > 20 mm Hg, diastolic blood pressure > 10 mm Hg, or a rise in heart rate > 10 beats per minute would indicate a positive test.
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