Hypotensive Syndromes in Geriatric Patients

Hypotensive Syndromes in Geriatric Patients

Hypotensive Syndromes in Geriatric Patients

As the Baby Boomers age, concerns over healthcare systems abilities to accommodate geriatric patients grow increasingly challenging. The increased life expectancy of the population since the early 1900s had been built on the improvement of living conditions, diet, public health and advancement in medical care. With this we have seen a steady decline in the age-specific prevalence of vascular and heart diseases, stroke and even dementia.

In addition, societies worldwide struggle to develop a large enough workforce to treat aging patients, which forces geriatric patients to rely on physicians in a wide array of specialties that are often not trained for their demographic. These trends have created a tremendous need for trustworthy resources, yet with regard to hypotensive syndromes, nothing of this nature exists.

Hypotensive syndromes represent a heterogenous group of disease states. Hypotensive syndromes are characterized by low blood pressure following postural changes, meals and neck turning. These are common conditions seen in the elderly and could be due to blood pressure dysregulation. These syndromes frequently cause dizziness, syncope and falls in the elderly as well as a resultant decrease in function, and they are frequently mistaken for other conditions. This is especially true among physicians who are not trained to consider the unique needs of an aging patient.

 

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