© 2003

Aging, Heart Disease, and Its Management

Facts and Controversies

  • Niloo M. Edwards
  • Mathew S. Maurer
  • Rachel B. Wellner

Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Epidemiology, Demographics, and Health Care Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rachel B. Wellner
      Pages 3-12
    3. S. Brent Ridge, Christine Cassel
      Pages 13-25
  3. Fundamentals of Caring for the Elderly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Ashley S. Im, Patrick Archdeacon, David H. Chong
      Pages 29-43
    3. Rudina M. Odeh-Ramadan, Tami L. Remington
      Pages 45-65
    4. Edward T. Kenny, Philip R. Muskin, Peter A. Shapiro
      Pages 67-89
    5. Mitchell S. V. Elkind
      Pages 91-124
    6. Marjorie L. King
      Pages 125-148
    7. Kenneth M. Prager
      Pages 149-163
  4. Cardiovascular Care for the Elderly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Mathew S. Maurer, Myron L. Weisfeldt
      Pages 167-183
    3. Nanette K. Wenger
      Pages 185-205
    4. James A. Reiffel
      Pages 207-217
    5. Daniel M. Bloomfield, Chandra Kunavarapu
      Pages 219-247
    6. Susan J. Zieman, Steven P. Schulman, Jerome L. Fleg
      Pages 249-273
    7. Dalane W. Kitzman
      Pages 275-300
  5. Cardiac Surgical Care for the Elderly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Mauricio J. Garrido, Michael Argenziano, Eric A. Rose
      Pages 303-310

About this book


As the "Baby Boom" generation joins the ranks of Americans already 65 or older (now 13% of the population), the need for physicians and gerontologists who understand cardiovascular disease in the elderly will become critical. In Aging, Heart Disease, and Its Management: Facts and Controversies, a panel of world renowned clinicians from the foremost academic institutions review the best therapies and surgical techniques available to provide quality care for the elderly cardiac patient, and highlight the controversial areas that require further research. Their survey details preventive therapies and the cardiovascular syndromes that disproportionately afflict the older individual, including arrhythmias (particularly atrial fibrillation), syncope, heart failure (particularly diastolic heart failure), and ischemic heart disease. They also delineate the surgical management of the heart patient, with discussions of postoperative management and its complications, and such specific operative procedures as coronary artery bypass grafting, valve surgery, pacemakers and defibrillators, and surgical management of heart failure. Additional chapters guide the clinician through the major nutritional, neurological, pharmacologic, psychiatric, ethical, and rehabilitation issues that contribute significantly to the quality of care of the elderly.
Comprehensive and authoritative, Aging, Heart Disease, and Its Management: Facts and Controversies offers today's clinicians not only an up-to-date survey of the latest therapies and surgical techniques available for treating the special cardiovascular problems of the elderly, but also an examination of those areas of medical controversy in need of further investigation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Niloo M. Edwards
    • 1
  • Mathew S. Maurer
    • 2
  • Rachel B. Wellner
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Cardiothoracic SurgeryColumbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of Circulatory Physiology/Department of MedicineColumbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.University of Connecticut School of MedicineFarmingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Aging, Heart Disease, and Its Management
  • Book Subtitle Facts and Controversies
  • Editors Niloo M. Edwards
  • Series Title Contemporary Cardiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2003
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-58829-056-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-9766-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-357-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 390
  • Number of Illustrations 57 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cardiology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


"Approximately two-thirds of the book is devoted to the medical/surgical care of cardiovascular disease with discussions of arrhythmias, syncope, ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, and surgical/interventions of care. Aging of the cardiovascular system impacts the disease process. Accepted coronary risk factors are reviewed with newer ones, e.g. depression, ankle brachial index, homocysteine, and C reactive protein. Antiarrhythmic drug therapy is reviewed. Overall, the medical, cardiovascular and surgical management of ischemic heart disease, bradyarrhythmias, and congestive heart failure are well presented. This is a readable, well referenced, well organized addition to the medical literature. The book reviews treatments in these areas that are the best that we have at this time." -Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

"This excellent book is an outstanding compendium of what is currently known about the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis and management of older patients with cardiovascular problems...this is an outstanding work that should be on the reading list of everyone who is interested in cardiac care." -Acta Cardiologica Belgica