The blood pressure drop makes you fall
- Research Opportunity
- PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
- Number of Honour Places Available
- Medicine and Radiology
- Royal Melbourne Hospital
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(Initial) orthostatic hypotension ((i)OH) is highly prevalent in older adults, especially in those with one or more chronic diseases. iOH is defined as a blood pressure decrease(BP) of 40 mmHg systolic blood pressure (SBP) and/or 20 mmHg diastolic blood pressure (DBP) within 15 seconds after standing up, whereas OH is classically defined as a drop in BP of at least 20 mmHg of SBP and/or 10 mmHg of DBP at 1 and 3 minutes after standing up. iOH has been shown to be most predictive for balance impairment, increased self-reported impaired standing balance and falls in geriatric outpatients. While OH diagnostics are occasionally performed in clinical practice using a sphygmomanometer, continuously measured blood pressure measurements using beat to beat analyses has not entered routine geriatric care yet. Two student positions are available:
Aim project 1: Define the determinates of iOH and OH and consequences of iOH and OH in geriatric outpatients using an existing databases and ongoing cohort study.
Aim project 2: Analysis of effectiveness of non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions to counteract iOH and OH in geriatric patients.
Prerequisite: involvement in ongoing clinical data collection, epidemiological/statistical skills, intention to write a journal article, good communication skills, capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team, pleasure to work with patients.
School Research Themes
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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