Orthostatic hypotension increases risk of developing atrial fibrillation

Results of a Johns Hopkins-led study have identified a possible link between a history of sudden drops in blood pressure and the most common form of irregular heartbeat. The study suggests that a bout of orthostatic hypotension – a steep blood pressure drop that occurs when a person stands up after a period of lying down – appears to be associated with an overall 40 percent increase in the risk of developing atrial fibrillation over the following two decades. While a simple, inexpensive doctor’s office test can check for orthostatic hypotension, the researchers caution that the condition itself does not…
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