Blood pressure may contribute to seniors' falls

May 18, 2010 2:52:54 PM PDT
Falls among seniors result in nearly two million emergency room visits each year and more than 16,000 deaths.

New research suggests high blood pressure may part of the problem, altering blood flow to the brain.

The report in the journal Neurology shows those who had normal blood flow to the brain were less likely to fall, but those participants whose blood flow was slowed or interrupted were more likely to take a tumble.

Researchers say the findings suggest that daily exercise and treatments for high blood pressure could be new strategies for preventing falls