Dr Cini Bhanu | Revealing Which Medications Can Cause Postural Hypotension

Nov 8, 2023 | health and medicine

About this episode

The Office for National Statistics has forecast that by 2040, one in seven citizens will be aged 75 or over. An aging population faces a number of healthcare challenges, including an increase in the prevalence of chronic conditions, and changes in physiology that increase the risk of falls and other accidents. Postural – or orthostatic – hypotension is a condition in which a person’s blood pressure drops significantly when they stand up from sitting or lying down. When blood pressure drops suddenly on standing, not enough blood flow reaches a person’s brain and they can experience symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, and falls. Read More

Original Article Reference

Summary of the papers: ‘Incidence of postural hypotension recorded in UK general practice: an electronic health records study’ in British Journal of Best Practise, doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2022.0111; and ‘Drug-induced orthostatic hypotension: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials’ in PLOS Medicine, doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003821

This research was funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust [grant number RTF1906/131], and supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Research ARC North Thames. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the National Institute for Health and Care Research or the Department of Health and Social Care


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