The team analyzed data from 9,139 participants ages 45 to 64 who enrolled in the long-running Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study between 1987 and 1989. These participants were followed for cardiovascular events and mortality. Orthostatic hypotension (OH), a rapid drop in blood pressure upon standing up from a sitting or lying down position is a frequently encountered clinical sign among patients.
Clinicians most often consider OH as indicative of dehydration. However, new research led by scientists at BIDMC bolsters the notion that adults with OH may have the undiagnosed cardiovascular disease. The study was published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.