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Are you at risk of falling?

Are you at risk of falling?

BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS AND FALL INJURIES

Falls in the elderly may account for as much as 33% of the deaths in this country. According to a recent article in JAMA, the risk of falling is even higher if you are taking blood pressure medication. There are many reasons why people fall, including osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease and most commonly balance disorders. According to this study, taking multiple medications, not only for blood pressure but other co-existing illnesses also increase the risk of falling.

JNC 8 (Joint National Commission on Hypertension) recently stated that a blood pressure reading of 150/90 is not an acceptable goal in patients older than 60. Many physicians like myself do not believe in these new guidelines but I think they were made in order to allow patients to be on less medications and decrease the risk of blood pressure dropping too low, thereby causing less dizziness and falls. Of course higher blood pressures increase the risk of stroke or heart attack.

In Florida, patients have to be aware that the heat and humidity make it imperative to maintain hydration.

Even though the government wants physicians to practice “cookbook” medicine, the practice has always been and always will be an art. Every patient is different and so should their treatment programs.

In our practice, in conjunction with KAIZEN TOTAL WELLNESS, we are committed to preventing falls. Not only to we offer computerized balance testing but our physical therapy department, under the guidance of Dr. Jill Rose, who is one of only a handful of certified balance therapists in Sarasota-Manatee, has been very successful in not only improving balance but also muscle and bone strength.

Please contact our office for more information.

MAXhealth Lakewood Ranch and Dr. Mishner   941-747-2090

Kaizen Total Wellness  941-315-6182

 

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