Blood Pressure Difficulties After Mealtimes - RD38

Blood Pressure Difficulties After Mealtimes

Postprandial Hypotension in the Elderly

by Karen Lilyquist, PhD, RD, RN, LD
(4.4 / 101 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

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Postprandial hypotension is a clinical problem that receives little attention, yet it increases the chances of morbidity and mortality. PPH is a drop in blood pressure after eating. PPH can lead to dizziness, syncope and falls. This condition is virtually unseen in younger people, but it is prevalent among older adults with high BP or disorders that impair the brain’s controlling centers for autonomic nervous system processes. The incidence of PPH increases with age and is underdiagnosed. It is imperative that healthcare practitioners know how to recognize PPH and understand the connection between food ingestion and PPH so the condition can be properly treated.


The goal of this continuing education program is to increase the healthcare practitioner’s knowledge of the causes, prevention and management of postprandial hypotension in older adults. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define PPH and its pathophysiology
  • Identify PPH risk factors, clinical presentations and complications
  • Discuss the prevention and management of PPH

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for nutrition professionals.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3000, 3005, 3020, 3070, 3080, 5000, 5030, 5040, 5100, 5160, 5390, 5400, 5460 and performance indicators of 8.1.1, 8.1.5, 8.1.2, 8.3.6, 10.1.3, 10.2.3, 12.4.6.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Course Originally Released on: 3/29/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/4/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/4/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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CECILIA M - SAN JOSE, CA  ·  Aug 02, 2017
very helpful and can be use for helping family and friends
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Vicky O - Lakeland, FL  ·  May 12, 2017
Clear,knowledgeable and concise
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RYAN M - Fort Myers, FL  ·  Mar 01, 2017
I thought this was an interesting topic. Never heard of it before.
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Ann R - Litchfield, CT  ·  Jan 22, 2017
An interesting and informative article
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Linda S - Holly Springs, MS  ·  Sep 25, 2016
This course is very good for those of us who work with the elderly.When patients exhibit these symptoms, I don't feel that the staff considers PPH as the first possibility.
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