Orthostatic hypotension linked to increased dementia risk

Orthostatic hypotension, even without symptoms, increases the risk of developing dementia, an observational study suggests.

The study of 6200 patients with an average age of 68.5 found that those with orthostatic hypotension had a 15% increased risk of being diagnosed with dementia during 15 years' follow-up.

The risk of dementia existed regardless of whether participants felt faint or unwell along with the blood pressure drop, with many reporting no symptoms.

The study defined orthostatic hypotension as either a drop of 20mmHg in systolic blood pressure or a drop of 10mmHg in