Supine Hypotensive Syndrome
This chapter defines supine hypotensive syndrome and its causes and treatment.
KeywordsBradycardia Decreased blood pressure Supination Compression of the aorta Compression of inferior vena cava Left uterine displacement
Bradycardia and drop in BP with supination seen during normal pregnancy
Due to compression of the aorta and inferior vena cava by the gravid uterus
Signs/symptoms: pallor, tachycardia, sweating, nausea, hypotension, dizziness
All pregnant women over 20 weeks’ gestation should be positioned with left uterine displacement to minimize aortocaval compression