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The effect of perindopril on postural instability in older people with a history of falls-a randomised controlled trial

The effect of perindopril on postural instability in older people with a history of falls-a randomised controlled trial

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalAge and Ageing
Issue number1
Early online date11 Jul 2017
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018


Design: double-blind, parallel group, placebo-controlled randomised trial.

Methods: we recruited people aged >65 years with at least one fall in the previous year. Participants received 4 mg perindopril or placebo daily for 15 weeks. The primary outcome was the between-group difference in force-plate measured anteroposterior (AP) sway at 15 weeks. Secondary outcomes included other measures of postural sway, limits of stability during maximal forward, right and left leaning, blood pressure, muscle strength, 6-min walk distance and falls. The primary outcome was assessed using two-way ANOVA, adjusted for baseline factors.

Results: we randomised 80 participants. Mean age was 78.0 (SD 7.4) years; 60 (75%) were female. About 77/80 (96%) completed the trial. At 15 weeks there were no significant between-group differences in AP sway with eyes open (mean difference 0 mm, 95% CI -8 to 7 mm, P = 0.91) or eyes closed (mean difference 2 mm, 95% CI -7 to 12 mm, P = 0.59); no differences in other measures of postural stability, muscle strength or function. About 16/40 (42%) of patients in each group had orthostatic hypotension at follow-up. The median number (IQR) of falls was 1 (0,4) in the perindopril versus 1 (0,2) in the placebo group (P = 0.24).

Conclusions: perindopril did not improve postural sway in older people at risk of falls.

Clinical Trials Registration: ISRCTN58995463.

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