Author(s): Balapala R. Kartheek and Ganesan Kumar
The present study reveals to determine the patterns of orthostatic blood pressure (OBP) changes and clinical characteristics in elderly women. 120 hypertensive subjects of aged group between 50 and 90 were used. Different measurements of BP were done in lying position and then standing position at two time intervals (1min, 3min) to check their orthostatic hypotension (OH). The Results showed that OH significantly increased in the age group 73.1, moderate in 82.43 and 69.8. No changes occurred in 50.55. The symptoms of head ache, blurred vision, falling and light headedness as well as blood hemoglobin levels were independent of OH in all aged groups. Concurrent medication usage aggravated the condition. Based on Body Mass Index, subjects were identified as 19% well nourished; 6% under-nourished and 75% overweight. The systolic OH (P<0.01) was more common than diastolic OH (P>0.05). Based on the present study, we conclude that OH incidence increases with increase in age and usage of medications. Symptoms are independent of physical recording.