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Heart Rate Change When Standing Up Might Predict Older Adult's Death Risk

Posted 7 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – Tracking the change in an older adult's heart rate when they stand up might reveal their risk of death over the next several years, a new study suggests. As the researchers explained, when people stand up their heart rate initially increases, and then recovers. The speed of that heart rate recovery in the 20 seconds after standing predicted an older adult's risk of dying within the next four years, according to a team at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland. "The speed of heart rate recovery in response to standing is an important marker of health and vitality that could be assessed quite readily in a clinical setting such as a hospital," study lead author Dr. Cathal McCrory said in a college news release. One cardiologist in the United States believes the new test has promise. "Changes in heart rate during specific activities is a normal response," said Dr. ... Read more

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Poorly Understood Disorder Disables Many Younger Women

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 – A condition that causes a racing heartbeat when people stand up primarily affects young, well-educated women and has a serious impact on their lives because it is poorly understood and treated, according to a new study. The disorder – postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) – occurs because of improper functioning of the circulatory and nervous system responses to the stress placed on the body when a person stands up. Along with a rapid heartbeat, this syndrome causes dizziness, fainting, nausea, fatigue, trembling and poor concentration. Severe symptoms can make it difficult to do routine activities such as eating and bathing. Researchers assessed dozens of patients with the syndrome in the United Kingdom and found that they were predominantly women, young (average age of 30 to 33 at diagnosis), and well educated. The patients had difficulty doing normal daily ... Read more

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