31 May Doctor Shares Tips for Preventing Falls Among Seniors
Numerous factors increase the risk of falls as people age, but there are ways to reduce that risk, a doctor says.
Blood pressure drugs can cause problems such as dizziness when going from sitting or lying down to standing, said Dr. Jason Rice, a primary care internist at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill.
“If you are taking blood pressure medication, there may be a few moments of unsteadiness when you get up because the medicine blocks a mechanism that can cause a brief drop in blood pressure. This can be a fall risk,” he said in a Loyola news release.
“It’s important to always stand up slowly and get your bearings before walking. Also, staying hydrated helps to prevent drops in blood pressure,” he advised.
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