There are conflicting data on the relationship between antihypertensive drugs and falls in elderly people. In an attempt to bring clarity, researchers undertook a one-year observational study of 598 people with hypertension aged 70–97 years, of whom 262 were regularly taking antihypertensive medications.
Results of the study, reported in Hypertension
(online, 4 May 2015), showed that standard and high doses of antihypertensive medications were not associated with an increased risk of falls. Furthermore, treatment with calcium channel blockers or angiotensin- converting enzyme inhibitors was associated with a lower risk of falls versus non-use of these drugs.
“Given the known benefits of treating hypertension in elderly people, the withholding of antihypertensive medications to prevent falls may not be a justifiable medical practice,” the researchers conclude.