The problem of orthostatic hypotension can be a very perplexing one. This problem may be apparent to the physician in his attempts at treatment, and to the patient by the degree of disability which may be sustained despite intensive therapy. The striking postural fall in blood pressure is stated by Sieker, Burnum, Hickam, and Penrod (1) as primarily occurring from failure of the peripheral arterioles to constrict and maintain resistance when the patient stands. Associated with this is a decrease in the cardiac output and impairment of venomotor ability giving a decreased venous cardiac return. Wright (2) states that the
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