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12/22/13 6:39 P

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Yes, I have orthostatic hypotension. I've always had low blood pressure, and orthostasis was previously only a problem when I went from a horizontal to a vertical position. Since my weight loss, it has become a frequent problem when I go from sitting to standing. Usually my vision blacks out for a few seconds, but occasionally I feel dizzy. There are medications for it, which is ironic considering I didn't need any medications before I lost weight and got in shape. Fortunately, I haven't noticed any problems while exercising. I just live with the problem and make sure my family, friends, and coworkers are aware of it.

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9/12/13 11:59 A

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Hmmm, mine actually improved as I got fitter. As my heart got more efficient through exercise (especially cardio), my blood pressure remained more stable and I haven't had an episode since I ran my 3rd 5k or so (about 3 years). It's still low, but remains stable as I change head elevations and move around. Is it worth talking to your doctor to see if aerobic exercise might help?



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9/12/13 11:30 A

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Do you have orthostatic hypotension? How do you manage it to prevent it from interfering with your workouts?

I have hypotension and orthostatic hypotension. Both have gotten worse as I've gotten into better physical shape. My doctor's advice is to drink more water, eat more salt and avoid exercises that cause the orthostatic hypotension (but not eliminate exercise altogether).

I drink lots of water and eat an average of 3000 - 4000 mg salt a day. I've learned that I have more problems if I workout in the morning, so I tend to workout in the evenings now. Some days I just can't squat, lunge or do step ups due to getting too light-headed. So on those days I just use the leg press machine. I get dizzy after getting off the machine, but at least not while I'm exercising.

I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing. -Marsha Doble


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