Special aspects of arrhythmias in the elderly

  • A. Martin
Part of the Current Status of Clinical Cardiology book series (CSOCC, volume 6)


There are several important changes that occur in cardiovascular function with advancing age. These changes involve the whole of the conducting system of the heart as well as the autonomic control of the heart rhythm. In addition, elderly people are exposed to the processes of degenerative changes which occur in virtually all systems with advancing years as well as the change caused by disease. Thus the elderly would be expected to show not only a different pattern of rhythm disorders, but an altered response to these in terms of symptoms and clinical signs compared with younger persons. Since the elderly account for between 10% and 15% of the total population of the Western world, the magnitude of the problem, and the importance of its understanding, cannot be overemphasized.


Atrial Fibrillation Heart Rate Variability Ischaemic Heart Disease Femoral Neck Fracture Atrial Flutter 
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