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Can Exercise Help Orthostatic Hypotension?

What is the best exercise for orthostatic hypotension? Deconditioning from lack of exercise exacerbates orthostatic hypotension. Because upright exercise may increase the orthostatic drop in blood pressure, training in a supine or sitting position (eg, swimming, recumbent biking) is advisable.

How can you reduce orthostatic hypotension? Your doctor may give you several suggestions, including:

How does exercise affect orthostatic hypotension? To prevent orthostatic hypotension, arterial blood pressure (BP) is neurally and hormonally regulated via increases in heart rate (HR) and peripheral vascular tone. After dynamic exercise, however, the latter arm is blunted because of the increased vasodilators in exercised muscles.