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Are you headed for a fall?

September 1, 2022

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.

photo of a senior man who has fallen in his bedroom, cane is on the floor next to him and he is trying to push himself up while grimacing in pain

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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