Journal article

Autonomic function, postprandial hypotension and falls in older adults at one year after critical illness

Yasmine Ali Abdelhamid, Luke M Weinel, Seva Hatzinikolas, Matthew Summers, Thu Anh Ngoc Nguyen, Palash Kar, Liza K Phillips, Michael Horowitz, Adam M Deane, Karen L Jones

Critical Care and Resuscitation | College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: Postprandial hypotension occurs frequently in older survivors of critical illness at 3 months after discharge. We aimed to determine whether postprandial hypotension and its predictors - gastric dysmotility and cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction - persist or resolve as older survivors of critical illness recover, and whether postprandial hypotension after intensive care unit (ICU) discharge is associated with adverse outcomes at 12 months. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Tertiary medical-surgical ICU. PARTICIPANTS: Older adults (aged ≥ 65 years) who had been studied 3 months after ICU discharge and who returned for a follow-up study at 12 months after dis..

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