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When should you get medical help ASAP about orthostatic hypotension and heart failure?

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If you fall during one of your dizzy spells, or have any of the following symptoms of heart failure, you should get medical help ASAP:

  • Chest pain
  • Fainting or severe weakness
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat at the same time as shortness of breath, chest pain, or fainting
  • Sudden, severe shortness of breath and coughing up pink, foamy mucus

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Orthostatic Hypotension,” “Heart Failure.”

Medscape: “Orthostatic Hypotension Ups Risk of HF by 50%.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Orthostatic Hypotension."

Heart Failure Review : "Heart failure and orthostatic hypotension."

Merck Manual: “Dizziness or Light-Headedness When Standing Up.

American Family Physician: “Evaluation and Management of Orthostatic Hypotension.”

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?”

Hypertension : “Orthostatic Hypotension as a risk factor for incident heart failure: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 29, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Orthostatic Hypotension,” “Heart Failure.”

Medscape: “Orthostatic Hypotension Ups Risk of HF by 50%.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Orthostatic Hypotension."

Heart Failure Review : "Heart failure and orthostatic hypotension."

Merck Manual: “Dizziness or Light-Headedness When Standing Up.

American Family Physician: “Evaluation and Management of Orthostatic Hypotension.”

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?”

Hypertension : “Orthostatic Hypotension as a risk factor for incident heart failure: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 29, 2017

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