North American Journal of Medical Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 416--418

Orthostatic hypotension in healthy elderly: Is it a myth?


Rekha Baliga1, Girish Prabhu2 
1 Department of Physiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal-576104, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore, India

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Rekha Baliga
Department of Physiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal-576104
India

Background : Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is common among older people and is more prevalent in elderly with various disorders and on medications. Aims: The objective of the study was to know the prevalence of orthostatic hypotension in healthy geriatric subjects. Subjects and Methods : The study group comprised of healthy non hypertensive, non diabetic elderly individuals aged 60 years and above (n=80) and another group, healthy aged 30 to 50 years age (n=80, mean age39.2±5.3). Orthostatic hypotension was defined as a decline in systolic/diastolic blood pressure of ≥20/10 mmHg when an individual changed from a supine to a standing position within 3 minutes of standing. Systolic and Diastolic blood pressure was measured in supine position and within 3 minutes of standing. Results: 1 out of 80 (1.25%) in the elderly subjects was found to have orthostatic hypotension . Conclusion : The study concluded that the orthostatic hypotension is less prevalent in healthy elderly subjects without any illness or without on any medications.


How to cite this article:
Baliga R, Prabhu G. Orthostatic hypotension in healthy elderly: Is it a myth?.North Am J Med Sci 2010;2:416-418


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Baliga R, Prabhu G. Orthostatic hypotension in healthy elderly: Is it a myth?. North Am J Med Sci [serial online] 2010 [cited 2020 Apr 7 ];2:416-418
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