Blood Pressure Difficulties After Mealtimes - RD38

Blood Pressure Difficulties After Mealtimes

Postprandial Hypotension in the Elderly

by Karen Lilyquist, PhD, RD, RN, LD
(4.5 / 195 ratings )

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

Price: $20.00
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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.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3080 and performance indicators of 8.1.1, 8.1.5, 10.2.3, 12.4.6. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/29/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/4/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/31/2019

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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Lauren T - Gilbert, AZ  ·  May 14, 2019
Very interesting and good information which can be used in practice right away
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Leigh W - Cedar Rapids, IA  ·  Apr 02, 2019
Helpful information and good to know how to intervene nutritionally in PPH
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Kathryn R - Goldsboro, NC  ·  Apr 01, 2019
new idea to consider if pt is experiencing decrease BP after meals
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Delia H - NEW PORT RICHEY, FL  ·  Jan 15, 2019
Interesting topic which has clinical application
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Karl S - Pittsburgh , PA  ·  Nov 27, 2018
this was very informative
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Price: $20.00
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