Sudden drop in BP can cause heart attack
People who suffer from a sudden drop in blood pressure (BP) when they stand up from a lying position, may face greater chances of heart failure.
The link between this condition, known as orthostatic hypotension, and heart failure was stronger in people aged 45-55 years compared to those between 56-64 years, researchers said.
High BP, which was present in over half of people who developed heart failure, may be partially responsible for the association, the journal Hypertension reports.
`Orthostatic hypotension appears to be related to the development of heart failure along with other conditions known to cause heart failure,` said Christine DeLong Jones, resident in preventive medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who led the study.
`Hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease are already known to contribute to a person`s risk of developing heart failure,` said Jones, according to a North Carolina statement.
Over an average 17.5 years of follow-up, researchers looked at the link between orthostatic hypotension and developing heart failure.