Drop in Blood Pressure on Standing Linked to Heart Disease

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A rapid drop in blood pressure when standing from a sitting or lying position – called orthostatic hypotension – may be related to undiagnosed cardiovascular disease, according to a study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

The researchers analyzed data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study conducted between 1987 and 1989 and involving 9,139 participants ages 45 to 64. They tracked cardiovascular events and mortality in study participants through 2015.

Their results, which were published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggest a clear link between orthostatic hypotension and cardiovascular disease in middle-aged adults. According to the researchers, a sudden drop in blood pressure upon standing (often accompanied by dizziness or feeling faint) could be an important predictor of a future cardiovascular event.

Sourced from: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center