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Orthostatic Hypotension and Receiving Social Security Disability

Your blood pressure reading is important, but what exactly is blood pressure? Blood is transported away from your heart to every part of your body through your arteries. Blood pressure is the force of the blood as it pushes against the walls of your arteries. Every time your heart beats (about 60–70 times a minute at rest), it pumps blood into your arteries. When your heart beats, pumping the blood, your blood pressure is at its highest. This is referred to as your systolic pressure. Your blood pressure falls when your heart is at rest, between beats. This is called your diastolic pressure. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury. When your blood pressure is written down, these numbers are either written one after another or on top of one another. Your systolic is always first, or the top number. The diastolic is second, or the bottom number.  For example, if your blood pressure were 120/80 mmHg, you would say that it is, “120 over 80.” Low blood pressure is also known as hypotension. This is in contrast to high blood pressure, which is known as hypertension. Your blood pressure is considered to be normal if it is below 120/80. Usually, low blood pressure is something you would like to have. However, low blood pressure can cause signs and symptoms or be an indication of serious, severe disorders and conditions. Blood pressure varies from one person to another. However, you are considered to have low blood pressure if it is less that 90/60. There are different types of low blood pressure. Orthostatic hypotension, which is also referred to as postural hypotension, is one kind of low blood pressure. Orthostatic hypotension occurs when you stand up from a position of lying down or sitting. While it can occur in anyone, orthostatic hypotension happens most often to older adults. The most common sign or symptom of orthostatic hypotension is feeling dizzy or lightheaded when you stand up. You may even faint (syncope). Other signs and symptoms that you may have are: You or your loved one may have orthostatic hypotension. This condition and/or whatever the underlying cause of it is may be the reason why you or your loved one is disabled and needing financial help. You or your loved one may be planning on applying for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by orthostatic hypotension and/or whatever the condition is that is causing it. You or your loved one may have already done this and been denied. If you or your loved one is thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, remember this. People who have a disability attorney like the one at are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability lawyer. Please do not hesitate. Contact us today.