Harvard Heart Letter

What we need: geriatric cardiology

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Older people with heart disease often have other conditions and specific concerns that their cardiologist must take into consideration.

Treating seniors requires attention to more than heart disease.

By Daniel E. Forman, M.D.

Thanks to good nutrition and medical care, many people are living well into their senior years, only to develop heart and vascular disease. Doctors' offices and hospitals are filled with seniors who have had heart attacks or strokes, or who suffer from heart failure, heart rhythm disturbances, or problems with their heart valves. Most also have one or more other medical conditions, in addition to their cardiovascular problem.

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