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.
Sich, M. (2020). Effectiveness of the Mini-Balance Evaluation Systems Test (Mini-BESTest) in evaluating Balance in the Controlled Hypertensive Elderly Population. Wright State University. Dayton, Ohio.