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Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly : Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine - Franz H. Messerli

Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly

Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine

By: Franz H. Messerli (Editor)

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Published: December 2009
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After a certain age, one is elderly, aged, venerable, and patriarchal. Or just plain old. When I became old, I did not know it. I do know it now because of a syndrome of which I had previously been unaware. It is quite simple-when it hurts, it works; when it doesn't hurt, it doesn't work! Writing about the old is a preoccupation of the young, and that is as it should be because it is the young who must carry the burden of the old. I don't know the average age of the contributors to Franz Messerli's book, but I would guess it to be less than 50, which to me is positively pubescent! For many years I thought geriatric medicine was nonsense, and today I still think some of it is. What changes with age are principally the attitude and purposes of the individual and how much energy he or she has to carry out those purposes. It isn't so much that the goals, ambitions, and desire to alter or improve the world disappear; they just diminish along with what it takes to accomplish them. Which brings me to one particular aspect of aging, that is, the cardiovascular system. The first evidence of the cardiovascular system's aging is the failure of the heart to respond to the demands placed on it.

Contributing Authors
Foreword to the First Edition
Preface
Introduction: Older People and Cardiovascular Illnessp. 1
Epidemiologyp. 9
Pathophysiology of the Aging Heart and Circulationp. 27
Clinical Findings in the Elderly Heart Patientp. 59
Diagnostic Testing for Cardiovascular Diseasesp. 73
Heart Failurep. 91
Hypertensionp. 121
Hypertensive Emergenciesp. 145
Disturbances of Cardiac Rhythmp. 163
Heart Block/Cardiac Pacingp. 195
Postural Hypotension and Syncopep. 211
Valvular Heart Disease in the Elderlyp. 231
Coronary Artery Diseasep. 253
Acute Myocardial Infarctionp. 275
Diseases of the Myocardium, Pericardium, and Endocardiump. 293
Diseases of the Aorta and Arterial Treep. 331
Cardiac Manifestations of Noncardiac Diseasep. 375
Psychological Adaptation to Cardiovascular Diseasep. 401
Ethical Considerationsp. 413
Risk Modificationp. 423
Dietary Considerations in the Elderly: Nutrition and Cardiovascular Diseasep. 435
Exercise and Rehabilitation in Elderly Cardiac Patientsp. 453
Medical Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseasep. 473
Interventional Cardiologyp. 499
Surgery in the Agedp. 531
Cardiac Transplantation in Older Patients: Changing Perspectivesp. 555
Indexp. 563
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ISBN: 9780898385960
ISBN-10: 0898385962
Series: Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 347
Published: December 2009
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 1.53