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Health Watch: Blood Pressure Meds Could Be Linked to Falls

Studies suggest a correlation between falls and commonly prescribed drugs.



Researchers looked at approximately 5,000 Americans age 70 and older over a period of three years. They discovered those who were taking anti-hypertensive medications (a commonly prescribed blood pressure medication) had a 30- to 40-percent greater likelihood of falling-related injuries. Researchers aren't blaming the drugs for the falls, but suggest the drugs might hamper alertness or cause blood pressure to drop rapidly when someone stands up.

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