An Issue of Geriatric Medicine Clinics
Heart failure is predominantly a disease of the elderly; aging of the population is contributing to an epidemic of heart failure. The epidemiology, pathophysiology, prognosis, clinical manifestations, diagnostic assessment, etiology, and role of echocardiography in the diagnostic assessment and etiology of heart failure are discussed. The treatment of heart failure in the elderly through the use of diuretics, inotropic drugs, neurohormonal antagonists, antiarrhythmic drugs, angioplasty, surgical therapy, cardiac resynchoronization therapy, exercise therapy, and use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators are presented. All of the authors who have contributed to this book are nationally and internationally recognized experts in cardiovascular disease in the elderly who are dedicated to improving care for older persons with cardiovascular disease. Their many years of personal experience enable them to summarize and synthesize their respective topics with unique insights that are highly beneficial to the reader.