Hi all! I am not looking for medical advice. I am happy with the advice we received. I am just wondering if you guys have seen this and how often. I am a perinatal nurse so my experience in this area is limited!
My MIL is 87 years old, still lives alone, active, driving, doing yoga, etc. No chronic issues other than long standing HTN controlled well by meds. She has a tendency to be a bit dehydrated because she won't drink enough water as she complains it makes her go to the BR too often. We struggle! Anyway, she passed out sitting down in a restaurant with no warning. She is admitted overnight with a cardiology consult. Consult MD was very thorough and took a half hour talking to her and us. One of the best history taking I have heard in a while. He gets out of her that she had had a lot of chips and was eating a big flour tortilla and rice when this happened. She has been on tele with no abnormal rhythms and echo showed no problems. Pretty good for 87. He tells her that this is a "thing" that happens to women of a certain age: their BPs will bottom out when eating a high-carb meal--the glass of wine and slight dehydration were also contributing factors. They pass out under these circumstances, but there is nothing wrong with them to treat. Just avoid this.
I did some of my own research and can see that this is definitely a common thing. Basically, the MD told her that once you live this long weird things will happen and you need to go with the flow at times. Has anyone seen this? I am not questioning it--I believe this is what probably happened. Just wondering if you have seen/heard of it??? Thanks!!