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Postural Hypotension in Parkinson’s disease

Authors Rana MA, Al-Shehri M

Received 16 August 2012

Accepted for publication 16 August 2012

Published 2 April 2012 Volume 2012:2 Pages 32—33


Mohammed A. Rana, Mohammed Al-Shehri

Parkinson’s Clinic of Eastern Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Postural hypotension is not an uncommon complaint among patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Patients often report light-headedness or a sense of fainting when assuming an upright position such as rising from a chair or getting out of bed. Autonomic dysfunction in PD is the main cause of postural hypotension. A 20 mmHg drop in the systolic blood pressure, and a 10 mmHg drop in the diastolic pressure upon assuming an upright position after being supine are considered significant.1  

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