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Etiology of syncope and unexplained falls in elderly adults with dementia: Syncope and dementia study

from Medscape

Falling is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the elderly general population and the primary cause of hospitalization in those with dementia. The risk of falling is eight times as high in elderly adults with dementia as in their cognitively intact counterparts and is frequently related to syncope. Although neuroautonomic evaluation is a reliable diagnostic tool in cognitively impaired elderly adults with unexplained falls, individuals with dementia are a particular clinical subset in which suspected syncope is less likely to be fully investigated. more

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