Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a common problem among the elderly. It is associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality, but its prevalence in Mexico is unknown. Orthostatic hypotension (OH) may be an early warning sign of a serious neurological disease and may be associated with an increased risk of premature death.
Study of intern patients at several Mexican elderly assistance institutions. OH was present in 29.3% of the studied population. A third of them had hypertension. The use of different medications does not solely explain OH, so it is necessary to look for different associations. Among those, chronic alcoholism stands out. OH is associated with a poorer quality of life and cognitive performance. OH is asymptomatic in most cases.