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5 Causes of Falling

There are many causes of falling, but finding the specific symptoms linked to that higher risk could save someone’s life. Falls might not seem like a big deal, but the older we get, the higher our chances of serious injury or death. If you or someone you know is susceptible to falls, getting help from a professional is the best option for preventative care. With that, here are 5 causes of falling: 

 

Cause #1: Dangerous Conditions 

Falls are increased with age. Meaning a slippery floor or a dead lightbulb could result in a bad injury for an older adult. Even something as simple as stairs promotes a possible hazard. 

Cause #2: Disease 

According to healthdirect.gov, chronic health conditions like heart disease, dementia and low blood pressure can cause dizziness, which raises the risk of falling down. 

Cause #3: Poor Vision 

For many of us, our vision depletes over time, resulting in a higher risk of missing a stair or slipping on something we didn’t see. If you have a loved one with impaired vision, make sure to assist them as they walk to prevent injury. 

Cause #4: Medication

Believe it or not, certain medications, even over-the-counter, can cause balance issues. It’s obvious that things like sedatives can lead to this, but the CDC even states that antidepressants have that capability. 

Watch this video below to learn more about what the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute can do for you: 

Falls are something to be taken seriously, especially for older adults. If you or a loved one is at risk for falls or dizziness, contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute. Call 770-740-1860 to schedule a same-day or Saturday appointment or fill out the form at the top. 

To learn more about how we treat dizziness, fill out the form to the right.

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