hy·​po·​ten·​sion | \ ˌhī-pō-ˈten(t)-shən How to pronounce hypotension (audio) \

Definition of hypotension

: abnormally low blood pressure

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Orthostatic hypotension is an abrupt drop in blood pressure when someone stands up. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Anorexia knows no body type — and thinking otherwise can be a barrier to treatment," 20 Feb. 2019 Patients in the intensive treatment had a higher rate of certain side effects such as hypotension—or abnormally low blood pressure—and electrolyte abnormalities. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment Reduces Cognitive Risk, Study Says," 25 July 2018 Ask for a free postural hypotension blood pressure screening and a Tinetti balance assessment provided by Day Kimball Healthcare at Home. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 1 May 2018 On March 16, 2017, a resident was admitted to a local hospital with twitching, hypothermia, hypotension and septic shock due to multifocal pneumonia, according to DPH. courant.com, "State Fines Six Nursing Homes After Residents Injured," 23 Mar. 2018 Experts have a name for this fleeting condition: initial orthostatic hypotension (OH). Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: Why Do I Get Dizzy When I Stand Up?," 20 Dec. 2017 One recent study of middle-aged adults—those ages 44 to 66—linked orthostatic hypotension with elevated risks for falls, bone fractures and death from any cause. Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: Why Do I Get Dizzy When I Stand Up?," 20 Dec. 2017 Was the culprit the hypotension caused by the embolism? Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the April 2017 Issue," 24 July 2017 Other potential safety concerns include sudden onset of sleep while engaged in routine activities such as driving or operating machinery (sleep attacks), hallucinations, and decreased blood pressure on standing up (postural hypotension). Steven Edwards, WIRED, "Parkinson’s Patch Approved by FDA," 10 May 2007

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First Known Use of hypotension

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypotension

hypo- + tension entry 1, probably after French hypotension

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English Language Learners Definition of hypotension

medical : low blood pressure


hy·​po·​ten·​sion | \ ˈhī-pō-ˌten-chən How to pronounce hypotension (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypotension

1 : abnormally low pressure of the blood

called also low blood pressure

2 : abnormally low pressure of the intraocular fluid

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