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Discussion: Could be orthostatic hypotension

in: AdventureGirl!; AdventureGirl! > 2017-04-19

Apr 20, 2017 1:29 PM # 
Common in endurance athletes when blood pools in the legs and it's usually harmless as long as you don't fall down. Dehydration can be a culprit. I get it from time to time when I stand up. It's worth checking with your doctor but even after the one time I passed out, my doc said I just have to live with it.
Apr 20, 2017 2:17 PM # 
and it doesn't go away with age.
Apr 20, 2017 2:18 PM # 
Thanks Bash, I'll look into it!

When you stand up, it helps to flex your calf muscles, forcing the blood to get trapped the valves in the higher part of the veins in your legs, and pushing it back up to the heart!
Apr 20, 2017 3:16 PM # 
I'll try that, AG! You wouldn't believe how many times I've had to grab furniture to steady myself.

GHOSLO is right. Both younger athletes and older everyones can experience it. And GHOSLO is an athlete, which probably doesn't help in this situation.

I found this interesting too:

"Also, a delayed onset of autoregulation in the trained subjects could be related to higher cerebrovascular tone (basal state of vasoconstriction), which could make the cerebral vessels of these subjects more vulnerable to a rapid reduction in blood pressure (although that higher cerebrovascular tone could, on the other hand, protect them from surges in arterial pressure such as during exercise)."
Apr 21, 2017 2:45 AM # 
That is the first time that I was called an athlete.

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