Wednesday, March 13, 2013

When the Elderly Begin High BP Meds, the Incidence of Hip Fractures Soars

Hip fractures is one of the leading causes of death, and thus should be carefully avoided. The incidence of hip fractures rose by 53% within 45 days of beginning the common BP meds, ACE-inhibitors or beta-blockers in older patients who were not residing in nursing homes. The most obvious reason might be postural hypotension and resulting light-headedness. Blood pressure needs to be controlled but medications should be added very carefully. Perhaps more natural substances or low dose meds should be given initially to ease the transition. See Family Practice News, November, 2012, p.1,6.

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