A recent study by Kaiser Permanente showed that patients taking hypertension prescribed medications In patients with a reported blood pressure of 1
To determine the effects of lowering blood pressure in hypertensive patients, a research team examined the electronic health records of more than 475,000 patients prescribed antihypertensive medication. Over a period of one year, both mean and minimum systolic blood pressures of less than 110 mmHg were associated with higher rates of severe falls and fainting that resulted in emergency or inpatient encounters.
Among patients with treated blood pressure 27 percent had systolic blood pressure below 110 mmHg during at least one visit, 3 percent of patients had an average systolic blood pressure of less than 110 mmHg over the one-year study period.
Patients with a single episode of systolic pressure lower than or equal to 110 mmHg during the one-year period were twice as likely to experience a severe decrease or fainting and patients who had an average systolic blood pressure of less than 110 mmHg over the one-year study period had a 50 percent greater risk of serious falls and fainting than those who had an average systolic blood pressure greater than 110 mmHg.
Researchers concluded that elderly patients are more likely to have an acute reduction B. Orthostatic hypotension, where a patient's blood pressure falls sharply when he stands or gets up, and he has slower reflexes to compensate for his blood pressure and normalize. They are also more prone to side effects from low blood pressure.
The findings appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.