Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD
Anderson JL. Medical Therapy for Elderly Patients Who Have Had Myocardial Infarction: Too Little to the Late in Life?. Ann Intern Med. 1996;124:335-338. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-124-3-199602010-00009
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(3):335-338.
Despite striking progress, cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of death in the United States . The short- and long-term effects of myocardial infarction contribute most to this toll. Because the elderly are at greater risk for both total coronary heart disease and death related to acute myocardial infarction (risks increased 6-fold for persons 75 to 84 years of age and 15-fold for those aged 85 years and older compared with persons aged 55 to 64 years) , application of effective preventive and treatment measures might be associated with particularly large survival benefits. In this issue, two articles [3, 4] describe opportunities to improve the outcome of elderly patients during and after myocardial infarction.
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Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Acute Coronary Syndromes, Coronary Heart Disease.
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