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Postural hypotension in the elderly.

Postural Hypotension in the Elderly

Low blood pressure (hypotension) has been diagnosed in people of all ages. Those of tall stature usually experience a drop in blood pressure upon rising from a supine position too quickly. The problem in the elderly is especially acute regardless of stature. It is estimated that as much as 33% of the population over the age of 60 has experienced hypotension and the accompanying dizziness.

Older adults who are in good health usually pass through the reaction within a matter of seconds. Persons with degenerative diseases may suffer more serious consequences.

The risk factors in elderly people who are heavily medicated, for example, should be emphasized by attending physicians. Many cases of falling and consequent broken bones could be avoided if patients were made aware of their vulnerability with regard to sudden loss of blood pressure.
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Title Annotation:low blood pressure and dizziness may lead to falling and broken bones
Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Sep 22, 1990
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