People who suffer from cardiovascular disease may be at a higher risk of suffering from slip and fall accidents that expose them to serious personal injury.
According to a new study whose results were published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality Outcomes, more research is needed to understand the causes of increased fall risks in people suffering from cardiovascular disease. An earlier study from 2018 found that as many as 60% of people who suffer from cardiovascular disease had a moderate to high risk of suffering a slip and fall accident.
There are several risk factors that might expose a person who suffers from cardiovascular conditions to have an elevated fall risk. Hypertension or a spike in blood pressure may cause dizziness or a sudden loss of consciousness which could directly lead to a fall hazard. A person recovering from a stroke may continue to suffer from dizziness, while one who suffers from diabetes may suffer from neuropathy in the foot that could affect balance and, therefore, slip and fall accident risks.