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Jeannette Manger


Objective: Provide additional evidence about the relationship between controlled hypertension and balance control by evaluating individuals’ gait stability, sensorial orientation, reactive postural response, and anticipatory postural adjustment using the Mini-Balance Evaluation Systems Test (Mini-BESTest).

Methods: A total of 76 (28 controlled hypertensive, 48 non-hypertensive) individuals were evaluated with the Mini-BESTest protocol. Each of the subscores obtained from the test represented the different subdomains of postural control, and they were compared between controlled hypertensive and non-hypertensive groups using a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) statistical analysis.

Results: Hypertensive individuals tended to score lower than non-hypertensive individuals in the anticipatory postural adjustment and sensorial orientation subcategories, but they tended to score higher than the non-hypertensive group in the reactive postural response and gait stability subcategories. However, none of these differences were found to be statistically significant.

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