Orthostatic hypotension linked to risk of dementia, finds studyBMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5490 (Published 12 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5490
- Susan Mayor
Orthostatic hypotension is associated with a 15% rise in long term risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, a follow-up study has found.
Orthostatic hypotension affects 20-30% of elderly people and is a common cause of transient cerebral hypoperfusion. The study investigated the future risk of dementia in people with orthostatic hypotension, defined as ≥20 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure or ≥10 mm Hg drop in diastolic blood pressure within three minutes of standing up after lying down for five …