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Are you headed for a fall?
Many cardiovascular conditions heighten the risk of falling. Find out if you are vulnerable — and what you can do to prevent these serious, often life-disrupting events.
Every 11 seconds, someone age 65 or older is treated in an emergency department in the United States for a fall-related injury. While most falls in older people result from a combination of underlying issues, heart-related problems are often in the mix.
In fact, falls are a common yet underrecognized risk among people with heart disease, according to a 2022 scientific statement from the American Heart Association. An unexpected tumble can lead to broken bones, concussions, and other serious — sometimes fatal — injuries. Even if you sustain only minor bumps and bruises from a fall, the fear of a future fall can lower your quality of life. That’s why awareness about the possible causes and ways to minimize your risk is so important.
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