Are portable folding chairs useful to combat orthostatic hypotension?

Ann Neurol. 1997 Dec;42(6):975-8. doi: 10.1002/ana.410420620.


The effect of sitting on a derby chair (height, 48 cm), fishing chair (38 cm), and footstool (20 cm) on the improvement of postural hypotension was studied serially in 8 patients with autonomic failure. The increment in blood pressure during sitting was higher by using a lower portable chair. This was related to an increasing cardiac output at lower sitting heights. The fishing chair was, according to our patients' experience, most useful.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Blood Pressure*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypotension, Orthostatic / physiopathology*
  • Hypotension, Orthostatic / therapy*
  • Leg
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Posture*