Aging and Heart Disease

  • Irene D. Turpie
  • George A. Heckman
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Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 250)

Abstract

Most of the authors in this book are not cardiologists but all see many patients with heart disease. Nor is this a textbook of cardiology, although it is aimed at those involved with the cardiac care of older patients. Our reasons for writing are simple. The care of the older person can be complex and demanding; yet, care can be effective and rewarding. It is our purpose to alert our colleagues to this complexity and to provide management suggestions that may be helpful to busy cardiologists and general internists in their daily practice. Physiological changes in the aging heart and specific diseases more common in the very old are well described but are not the subject of this book, and readers must look elsewhere for such information. This is a short primer in the care of the frail elderly tailored for those who provide cardiac care to the oldest in the population.

Keywords

Arthritis Depression Ischemia Europe Dementia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene D. Turpie
    • 1
  • George A. Heckman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine , Division of Geriatric MedicineMcMaster UniversityHamilton

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