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Antihypertensives are associated with falls in elderly people, study finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1736
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

People over 70 years old who are taking drugs for high blood pressure seem to be at a higher risk of fall injury, such as hip fracture or head injury, than those who are not being treated, especially if they have had a previous fall, a study has found.

In the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine,1 researchers from Yale University followed 4961 adults aged over 70 years who were living in the community and had a diagnosis of hypertension.

The amount of medication patients were taking was calculated during four interviews in the first …

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