Dealing with dips
A range of strategies may help prevent episodes of low blood pressure. The first step should be a careful review of your medications with your doctor or a trusted pharmacist.
Following suggestions may help:
1. Focus on fluids:
Drink water throughout the day. Don't wait until you're thirsty. But avoid alcohol, which can cause you to become dehydrated.
2. Shake some salt:
If you don't have high blood pressure, try eating more salty foods, drinking tomato juice or sports drinks.
3. Support your legs or lower belly:
Compression stockings that squeeze the legs may help. Thigh-high or waist-high versions are best because knee-high stockings may bunch and tighten, cutting off blood flow. Some people find that a girdle-like abdominal binder that fastens with Velcro also helps, says Dr. Lipsitz.
4. Get a leg up:
Getting out of bed is a common trigger, so pump your legs up and down a few times while still sitting on the edge of your bed to get your blood flowing. During the day, try crossing your legs if you feel faint while standing.
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