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Do you ever feel dizzy or lightheaded when you stand up or after lying down?

Orthostatic hypotension, also called postural hypotension, is a sudden drop in blood pressure after standing up.

When you stand up, your blood rushes to your legs, causing a sudden drop in your blood pressure.

Your heart has to work harder to raise your blood pressure and heart rate to move your blood around your body.

It may take a minute or so for your blood pressure and heart rate to stabilize.

Untreated orthostatic hypotension can lead to an early death.

Causes of Orthostatic Hypotension

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Orthostatic hypotension is more common among the elderly population and people with heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, anemia, thyroid problems, and alcoholism.

As we age, the heart cells and arteries that keep our blood pressure normal respond more slowly.

Some factors that may cause orthostatic hypotension include not drinking enough water or sweating excessively when working out, which leads to dehydration.

Medications That Cause Orthostatic Hypotension

Medications that treat erectile dysfunction, Parkinson's, hypertension, diuretics (water pills), antidepressants and antipsychotics can also cause your blood pressure to drop when standing.

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Postprandial hypotension occurs in people who feel dizzy after eating. The brain sends more blood to the abdominal area to digest food after eating. When you stand, your blood rushes to your legs and you feel dizzy.

If you feel dizzy or lightheaded upon standing, call your doctor, or go to the nearest emergency room to be evaluated to determine what is causing your blood pressure to drop.

Always stand up slowly from a sitting position. If you're lying down, swing your legs off the bed first, then sit on the edge of the bed for a few moments before standing slowly.

Your goal is to reduce the risk of a fall that may cause serious injuries.

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Darian Lewis, a popular Houston DJ, known as DJ D Baby, died after falling from a balcony of a high-rise apartment building last week.

Lewis reportedly fell from a balcony on the 13th floor and landed on the 9th-floor pool deck on July 4. Lewis was transported to a hospital, where she died Wednesday.

The police investigation is ongoing, however Lewis' death was ruled accidental, according to The Daily Beast.

In a Facebook post, Lewis' girlfriend, Nishia Jackson revealed she was on the balcony when Lewis fell.

Jackson denied accusations that she caused Lewis' death. "There's no way I could have pushed her over the edge," Jackson wrote, adding that Lewis "was only able to get over because she climbed on to the furniture.

"I would have literally had to pick her up & throw her over which is absolutely absurd! WE WERE NOT FIGHTING!"

Lewis' mother, Terri Lewis, confirmed her daughter's death in a Facebook post on Wednesday. She wrote, "My youngest and only daughter has transitioned. please pray for the family, my heart is heavy and broken."

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Ivana Trump's death is determined to be accidental, according to an autopsy report released on Friday. She died as a result of "blunt impact injuries to the torso."

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A law enforcement source told Fox News that police responded to a call from someone requesting a wellness check because he hadn't seen her in a while.

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According to the NYPD, Ivana Trump was found unresponsive at the bottom of the stairs just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the autopsy was completed on Friday.

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In a post on his social media platform, Truth Social, former President Donald Trump remembered his first ex-wife as a "wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life."

"Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric," he wrote. "She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her."

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Ivana and Trump married in 1977 and divorced in 1992 after Trump had an extramarital affair with socialite Marla Maples.

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Ivana is pictured with her children (L-R): Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump in a photo dated September 21, 2015.

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Can you stand on one foot for 10 seconds without wobbling? If not, you are twice as likely to die in 10 years.

A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that people who failed to balance on one foot for 10 seconds were nearly twice as likely to die in the next 10 years.

The researchers tested 1,702 participants from ages 51 to 75 for the study, with the average age set at 61.

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Lead researcher, Dr. Claudio Gil Soares de Araújo found that poor balance and musculoskeletal fitness can be linked with frailty in older adults.

"If you are younger than 70 years, you are expected to successfully complete the 10 seconds," Araújo wrote in an email to USA TODAY. "For those older than 70 years of age, if you complete it, you are in better static balance status than your age-peers..."

"Aged people falling are in very high risk of major fractures and other related complications. This may play a role in the higher risk of mortality," he said.

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Only individuals who could walk steadily were included in the study. Participants were all asked to stand on one leg for 10 seconds without resting their foot on one leg or holding onto anything for support. One in 5 participants failed the test.

The inability of participants to pass the balance test increased with age, while those with weight problems or diabetes were more likely to fail, USA Today reported.

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Dozens of bloggers fell for this fake headline from The Atlantic over the weekend. If you saw the headline, and believed it was legit, you were not alone

81 million voters cringed as their President, Joe Biden took a spill while bike riding near his home in Delaware on Saturday.

The White House said Biden was doing "OK", and he walked out of church on Sunday morning with a spring in his step to prove he was not hurt.

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But photos and videos of Biden's dramatic fall spread across the Internet like a tidal wave. Within an hour, Biden's big fall was the number 1 trending topic on Twitter.

Memes soon followed, as Biden's supporters slammed the Secret Service for allowing the President to ride a bike without training wheels.

Actor/comedian Terrence K. Williams tweeted: "80 Million people voted for a man who can't walk and needs Training Wheels on his BIKE?"

The mainstream media downplayed Biden's fall, while news networks cut off the viral video before Biden hit the ground.

But the headline that caught our attention was an alleged screenshot from The Atlantic that read: "The Heroism of Biden's Bike Fall.".

The sub headline read: "The President gracefully illustrated an important lesson for all Americans - when we fall, we must get back up."

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The writer hailed Biden as a hero and an example of someone who picks himself up and dusts himself off, because nothing can keep a good man down.

In other words, even though he's 79, and has difficulty maintaining his balance on the way to the podium at the White House, Biden was a hero for falling off his bike and getting up again without breaking a hip.

A search on The Atlantic's website did not turn up the actual article.

According to The Associated Press, "The Atlantic did not publish such an article."

"No such story or headline can be found on The Atlantic's website, or in archived versions of the site from Saturday captured by the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. The most recent edition of the Atlantic Daily online is from Friday, and the outlet's website says it is published "weekday evenings." Source

Anna Bross, a spokesperson for The Atlantic, confirmed in an email to the AP that the viral headline is fake.

"I can verify that this is not a real article from The Atlantic, and is indeed fabricated," Bross wrote.

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Joy Behar, the oldest co-host on ABC's The View, nearly fractured her hip when she fell off a swivel chair and landed on the floor.

The incident happened at the start of Thursday's show, as Behar sat down but the chair swiveled away from her, causing her to fall on her right side.

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Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Haines, Sunny Hostin and the production crew rushed to help her up. Behar laughed off the incident, but she seemed shaken.

"25 years, that has never happened - who do I sue?!" she joked as she sat down.

Behar compared her experience to the late comic Bob Saget, who died after he fell and hit his head in an Orlando hotel room.

"The main thing - just to talk seriously - when Bob Saget fell, he died," Behar said.

"If you hit your head, and you feel dizzy, or you have blurred vision, or you feel like you want to go to sleep, go to the doctor. Because that will kill you," she said.

She added "I'm a klutz."

Sunny Hostin called the swivel chairs "deadly."

Over 300,000 people — age 65 and older — are hospitalized each year for hip fractures.

The incident happened after Behar was widely criticized for complaining that the Russia/Ukraine war was preventing her from going on vacation in Italy.

"You plan a trip, you want to go there, I've wanted to go to Italy for four years, and I haven't been able to make it because of the pandemic and now this. It's like, what's gonna happen there?"

Watch the video below.

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More details have emerged about beauty queen Zoe Sozo Bethel who died after suffering a traumatic brain injury earlier this month.

Bethel, who was named Miss Alabama 2021, died Friday, Feb. 18, after she was removed from life support.

Bethel's official manner of death was ruled "accidental" by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner, according to the Miami Police Department.

Multiple media outlets have reported conflicting stories about how Bethel suffered a brain injury. Some outlets report that she was in a car accident. quoted a source within the Miami Police Department who said she "attempted suicide" by jumping from a seven-story condo.

Now the story has evolved again.

The Miami Police Department tell PEOPLE that officers "responded to a call of a possible suicide attempt" on Feb. 11 at about 12:05 a.m.

Their preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, who was identified as the 27-year-old, "fell out of a third-floor window."

"This was a tragic accident, and no foul play is suspected," the statement said.

Bethel's family launched a GoFundme page to raise money for emergency surgery before she passed away. $47,000 has been collected so far. On Tuesday, the goal was raised to $500,000 without explanation.

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Zoe Sozo Bethel, Miss Alabama 2021 for America Strong, has died from a closed head injury sustained in a fall on Feb. 10. She was 27.

Miss Bethel sustained an injury to the back of her head during a fall.

Miss Bethel was placed in a medically induced coma to decrease swelling on her brain. She was declared brain dead and taken off life support on Feb. 18.

Her family announced her untimely death in an Instagram post.

"On Friday, February 18, 2022, at approximately 5:30AM Eastern time in Miami, Florida, our beloved Zoe Sozo Bethel passed from this life into the next as a result of succumbing to her injuries. Zoe touched the hearts of many people and was actively affiliated with several organizations and groups."

Previously, her family announced she was in a coma and they asked for prayers and privacy.

"Unfortunately the doctors are saying the damage cannot be repaired and that she may not have much time left," they wrote, calling it "an abrupt and very traumatizing situation for our family."

In addition to being Miss Alabama, Bethel was a conservative activist and an American patriot with deep Christian values. She was a political commentator for conservative media network RSBN, and a brand ambassador for Turning Point USA, according to NY Daily News.

She was also a spokeswoman for Students for Life and affiliated with Project Veritas, her family said.

America Strong pageant officials paid tribute to Bethel in a Facebook post.

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend and reigning Miss Alabama for America Strong, Zoe Bethel. She was a light in this world, and we are heartbroken over the loss of such a bright and beautiful woman."

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is catching heat for appearing to show a lack of empathy for a photographer who fell off a stage while taking a photo of Stafford and his wife.

The incident happened during a victory rally at the L.A. Coliseum to celebrate the Rams winning the Super Bowl on Sunday.

NFL photographer Kelly Smiley backed up to take a photo of Stafford and his wife, Kelly, on stage when she fell backwards off the 8-foot platform.

The normal, human reaction would be to check on the injured person. However, Stafford turned his back and walked away while taking a sip from a water bottle.

Stafford's wife, Kelly, a former cheerleader who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019, showed a more human response by walking over to the edge of the stage to check on Smiley.

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Smiley later took to social media to say she fractured her spine and was wearing a back brace. "Both my cameras broke but I'm ok," she wrote.

Social media users ripped the narcissistic quarterback for walking away after Smiley fell.

One Twitter user wrote: "[He] turned around like nothing happened and walked away like nothing happened. Wow."

Another user tweeted: "[T]here's more footage, he does not a single thing while his wife was near the edge of the stage looking concerned. This doesn't mean he's a villain but definitely not a good look either."

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Rams team officials took to social media to issue a statement on behalf of Matthew and Kelly Stafford, saying they would pay all of Smiley's hospital bills and purchase new camera equipment for the injured photographer.

Watch the video below.

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Reggaeton star Karol G did her best Beyoncé imitation when she tumbled down a flight of steps onstage during a show in Miami on Friday night.

It's no coincidence that Karol is sometimes referred to as the "The Beyoncé of Reggaeton."

The 30-year-old Medellin, Colombia singer is recovering after taking a nasty spill down the steps while performing "Ahora Me Llama" ("Now He Calls Me") at the FTX Arena in Miami.

A dancer rushed over to help her up. But, like Beyonce, Karol twirled her weave and continued the show.

Later, she broke down in tears while telling the crowd in Spanish: "All my nails broke, I think my knee broke. Everything hurts."

Karol was proud that she sold out the FTX arena for the first time ever.

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You may not have heard of her, but Karol G has billions more views on YouTube than Beyoncé and Rihanna combined. She signed her first record deal after competing in the reality show "El Factor Xs."

Who can forget that video of Beyoncé taking a nasty spill onstage -- and nearly breaking the Internet back in the day.

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This GIF is still in heavy rotation online, although Bey's team managed to scrub the video from the Internet.

In 2017, Karol G collaborated with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny on the hit song "Ahora Me Llama." She won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist in 2018. And in 2019, her song "Tusa" featuring Nicki Minaj went platinum.

Her "Tusa" music video racked up over 1.2 billion views on YouTube.


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A 28-year-old Atlanta woman was killed after falling from a Lamborghini that sped off when she accused the driver of robbing her.

Authorities say Catherine Khan started fighting with a man inside a Lamborghini after accusing him of stealing her wallet, identification, and a precious family heirloom.

The incident occurred on Monday, Oct. 11, at around 11 p.m. near a restaurant where Khan worked.

Khan was reportedly drunk and fighting with the man who allegedly stole her purse which contained her wallet, credit cards, an item belonging to her grandmother, and her ID.

The incident, captured on cell phone video, shows Khan slapping a white Lamborghini and yelling, "Call the cops! I just got robbed... My ID, my card, everything. Everything is gone!"

Khan then hopped into the vehicle and continued yelling that she had been robbed.

The luxury sports car sped off and Khan apparently fell out of the moving vehicle at the intersection of Piedmont and Peachtree Roads in Atlanta's upscale Buckhead suburb.

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She was transported to Atlanta's Grady Hospital where she was pronounced dead from head injuries.

Police are trying to determine if Khan was pushed from the vehicle or if she fell while trying to jump out.

Khan's father, Noor Khan told Fox 5 Atlanta News that Catherine was an organ donor. He said the doctor told him her organs were donated to two babies.

"I can't get my daughter back. I can't get her back. What happened to my daughter, I don't want to happen to any other girl," said Noor Khan.

Catherine was the eldest of his four children.

The Lamborghini driver is still at large. Watch the videos below.


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Joe Biden tripped and fell up the steps while boarding Air Force One on Friday. The 78-year-old U.S. president was climbing the steps on Air Force One when he tripped and fell three times.

He picked himself up, dusted off his pant leg and continued climbing to the top of the stairs before turning and saluting.

The incident occurred on Friday afternoon at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Biden was departing for Atlanta to tour the CDC and meet with members of the Asian community following the spa shootings that left eight people dead including six Asian women on Tuesday.

Biden is the oldest president to take the oath of office. There has been rampant speculation that he is in cognitive decline due to dementia.


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Seven college students died when a railing they were leaning against broke, sending them plummeting to the concrete floor below.

The tragic incident happened at the Public University of El Alto in Bolivia on Tuesday.

About 100 maskless students were protesting in a packed hallway outside a lecture hall where a tense meeting was being held.

Fights broke out and some of the students were jostling each other when the railing gave way.

Seven students were pronounced dead at the scene. Five students are in critical condition at a hospital.

Disturbing video footage, captured by a bystander showed the moment before the railing broke. A dozen students fell to the concrete floor while a few students were pulled to safety.

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A female student in a blue blouse dangled precariously over the edge before her fellow students grabbed her shoes and pulled her back up.

Two female students fortunately landed on the floor just below where the railing broke.

An investigation has been ordered into the accident.

Engineering standards in the United States require balconies to withstand 100 pounds per square feet of load while railings must withstand 200 pounds of force at any point along the railing.

But construction projects are not up to code in third world countries.

CAUTION: These videos contain graphic images that may be disturbing to some viewers.



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Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent mocked Oprah Winfrey after the 66-year-old media mogul took a nasty tumble onstage over the weekend.

The media maven was discussing the importance of balance in life at Saturday's Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus tour when she stumbled and fell.

An aide rushed to help Oprah to her feet as she laughed off the ironic incident and blamed the misstep on her low heeled shoes

While the fall didn't injure the television guru, the response to her fall was shocking to many decent people.

Once again, misogynistic rappers led the way with inappropriate comments about a senior citizen who fell and nearly fractured her hips.

Rappers Snoop Dogg, 48, and 50 Cent, 44, poked fun at Oprah, with the "Gin & Juice" rapper tweeting: "Michael (Jackson) and Kobe (Bryant) blew a gust of wind. Balance."

Fiddy jokingly suggested Michael Jackson’s ghost tripped Oprah and made her fall.

Snoop followed that with: "God don't like ugly."

The comments come after both rappers feuded with Oprah over her decision to go "after black men" accused of sex crimes.

"I don't understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this s–t is sad," the rapper, real name Curtis James Jackson III, wrote at the time.

Oprah has since canceled the Jackson project. She also withdrew from a documentary about mogul Russel Simmons, 62, who was accused of sexually assaulting nearly a dozen women.