Low blood pressure causes light-headedness or dizziness, particularly when getting up from a seated/lying position and also when standing for prolonged periods. Patients who suffer with this problem can have faints (and even fits in some instances) due to very low blood pressure.

It is very important that such patients are investigated appropriately to rule out reversible causes of hypotension. Thereafter management requires medical expertise and takes a two pronged approach:

  • Non-pharmacological measures such as physical counter-manoeuvres and compression stockings
  • Drug therapy of postural hypotension (which Dr Lobo is specialised in) Fellow of the British Hypertension Society