Volume 7, Issue 4, July 2018, Page: 30-36
Prevalence of Orthostatic Hypotension in the Elderly in Anambra State
Enwonwu Kenechukwu, Department of Community Medicine, NnamdiAzikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria
Ibeh Christian, Department of Community Medicine, NnamdiAzikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria
Modebe Ifeoma, Department of Community Medicine, NnamdiAzikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria
Owoaje Emeh, School of Public Health, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
Ayuba Zoakah, Department of Community Medicine, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria
Ifeadike Chigozie, Department of Community Medicine, NnamdiAzikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria
Ezeama Nkiru, Department of Community Medicine, NnamdiAzikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria
Azuike Emmanuel, Department of Community Medicine, NnamdiAzikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria
Received: Sep. 4, 2018;       Accepted: Oct. 8, 2018;       Published: Nov. 6, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.sjcm.20180704.11      View  200      Downloads  14
Background: Orthostatic hypotension is a condition in which blood pressure drops abnormally when a person stands up from a sitting or a lying down position. It is a sustained reduction of systolic blood pressure of at least 20mmHg or diastolic blood pressure of at least 10mmHg within three minutes of standing or a head-up tilt to at least 60 degrees on a tilt table. Orthostatic hypotension has been observed in all age groups, but it occurs more in the elderly, especially in persons who are sick and frail. The burden of Orthostatic hypotension on public health is substantial, with a prevalence of 7% to 55% in the elderly and is higher in those with risk factors. The diagnosis of orthostatic hypotension is therefore important in the treatment of elderly patients. Methods: This cross-sectional study was designed to evaluate the prevalence of orthostatic hypotension in community-dwelling elderly in Anambra State, Nigeria. The study population was a 400 persons aged 60 years and older selected by multistage sampling method. Results: The total prevalence of OH was 14.8% (n=59). The prevalence of OH was related to presence of hypertension, diabetes, raised supine systolic and raised supine diastolic BP (P ≤ 0.05). Diabetics [OR: 4.689 (95% CI: 1.121-19.984)] and those with supine diastolic hypertension [OR: 1.699 (95% CI: 0.401-7.209)] were more likely to have OH. Conclusion: The prevalence of orthostatic hypotension in 60 years and older adults in Anambra State was high and was found to be higher in hypertensives and diabetics.
Blood Pressure, Orthostatic Hypotension, Elderly, Population-Based Study, Prevalence
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Enwonwu Kenechukwu, Ibeh Christian, Modebe Ifeoma, Owoaje Emeh, Ayuba Zoakah, Ifeadike Chigozie, Ezeama Nkiru, Azuike Emmanuel, Prevalence of Orthostatic Hypotension in the Elderly in Anambra State, Science Journal of Clinical Medicine. Vol. 7, No. 4, 2018, pp. 30-36. doi: 10.11648/j.sjcm.20180704.11
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