PAUL KAUFMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; HARVEY POLIAKOFF, M.D.
The heart in old age presents problems of the utmost clinical significance since this is the age when the heart most commonly begins to fail. That this is true of arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart diseases is unquestionably accepted. Our present study gives evidence that rheumatic fever is also a significant and important etiological factor in heart disease and in congestive heart failure of old age. Improved management with resultant increased longevity as well as improved diagnostic acumen have both led to an increase in the number of clinically recognized cases of rheumatic heart disease in the latter half of
KAUFMAN P, POLIAKOFF H. STUDIES ON THE AGING HEART. I. THE PATTERN OF RHEUMATIC HEART DISEASE IN OLD AGE (A CLINICAL-PATHOLOGICAL STUDY)1. Ann Intern Med. ;32:889–904. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-32-5-889
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1950;32(5):889-904.
Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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