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Blood pressure medications increase the risk of serious falls.

High blood pressure in the elderly is no longer considered normal. As a result, millions of older adults take the lifesaving medication. But a study of 5,000 Medicare patients taking blood pressure medications, reported online February 24, 2014, in JAMA Internal Medicine, found nine percent suffered a fall injury. The researchers determined that moderate-intensity antihypertensive drugs increased this risk 40 percent and high-dose medications 28 percent. A history of previous fall was also a risk factor for repeat falling. The falls resulted in fractures, brain injuries, joint dislocations and death. The solution may be to lower the dose of medication.

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Publication:Duke Medicine Health News
Date:Jun 1, 2014
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