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Hypotension-orthostatic/syncope

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  • Posted By: lola davis
  • June 23, 2010
  • 03:37 AM

My friend has had surgery on both sides of his neck, After the first one his blood pressure lowered a small bet. Then after the second one , his blood pressure is like 109/68 laying down, 86/46 sitting , and like 69/32 standing, and sometimes lower. He does fall alot, has broken a leg in the last two weeks and just the other day he fell and broke his nose with cuts and scrapes, The Doctors thought it was his heart, but he has a strong heart, Could the veins in the neck be so damaged that this is what is causing the problem?

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  • Hey Lola, Without knowing exactly what kind of surgery your friend had on their neck it would make it difficult to tell if any damage may have occured. There are several major blood vessels in your neck - carotid arteries and jugular veins for example. Contained in the carotid sinus are baroreceptors which detect changes in blood pressure and allow the body compensate for these changes... If there is also narrowing of the carotid arteries then this can cause a drop in the blood pressure reaching the brain which can also cause syncope type events. Hope this helps a wee bit, but like i say, without knowing exactly what the surgery was it is difficult to say what, if any, damage may have been done. BrgdsCam
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