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Course Overview

Postprandial hypotension (PPH) is a clinical condition that receives little attention, yet it increases the chances of morbidity and mortality. PPH is a drop in blood pressure after eating and can lead to dizziness, syncope, and falls. This condition is not common in younger adults, but it is prevalent among older adults with high blood pressure (BP) or neurological disorders that impair the brain’s control centers for autonomic nervous system processes. The incidence of PPH increases with age and is often underdiagnosed. It is imperative that healthcare practitioners know how to recognize PPH and understand the connection between food and beverage intake and PPH pathophysiology so the condition can be properly managed. The goal of this continuing education program is to increase the healthcare practitioner’s knowledge of the causes, prevention, and management of PPH in older adults.

About the Course Author

Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND is a SME Writer focused on topics related to food, nutrition & dietetics for Relias. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has been a certified diabetes educator since 2003. Ms. Stefanski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a master's degree in Adult Education with a special focus on distance learning. She was an adjunct instructor in the Stabler Department of Nursing at York College of Pennsylvania for 13 years. Stefanski is the owner of Stefanski Nutrition Services where she specializes in pediatric nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and sports nutrition. Stefanski serves as national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Kimberly Gottesman, DCN, RDN, LDN, CNSC is a freelance nutrition writer and registered dietitian who has worked as a manager with nutritional services. She received her doctorate of clinical nutrition for Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  She is a certified nutrition support clinician.   Kimberly Gottesman DCN, RDN, LDN, CNSC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Define PPH and its pathophysiology; Discuss the prevention and management strategies for PPH.; Identify PPH risk factors, clinical presentations and complications
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Understanding and Managing PPH
    Meet Norma and John
    Postprandial Hypotension
    PPH Pathophysiology
    Role of Meal Intake in the Pathophysiology of PPH
    Populations at Risk
    Screening and Assessment Strategies for PPH
    Non-Pharmacological Management of PPH
    Pharmacological Management of PPH
    Role of the Healthcare Practitioner
    Future Research
    Section 3: Clinical Vignette
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Course Contributors
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level II level Dietitians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.