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Forum Name: Hypertension

Question: dizziness and balance problem at night

 alan rechdan - Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:55 am


My father is 73, he gets dizzy and loses balance when he wakes up at night, they tell us this is hypertention, yet taking his blood pressure daily and at the times when he gets dizzy at night shows very normal rates.

he has some prostate problems and takes madications for that. we have no family history of hypertension or blood pressure related problems.

he says that his neck is stiffed when he gets dizzy ... anyways this does not happen at all during the day and he goes with his life and daily tasks very normally ... is this hypertension or soemthing else we should look for ?

Thanks a lot for your time
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:16 pm

User avatar Does he get dizzy especially on rising after having been lying down for a while? If so this could be a type of postural hypotension where there is a sudden drop in blood pressure with the sudden change in position. This is best treated by making gradual changes from lying to standing, with a sitting resting period in between. Swing legs down and sit, giving blood a chance to equalize, then rise carefully. It's just a matter of learning a way around this problem.

Best wishes to you both.

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