Heart disease in the elderly

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The 20th century has seen a dramatic shift in the demographics of the US population, as average life expectancy at birth has increased from approx 49 yr in 1900 to almost 80 yr today. As a result, both the absolute number and the relative proportion of older individuals in the population has increased exponentially, and these trends are expected to continue well into the current century. Of particular note is that the oldest old, defined as individuals aged 85 yr or older, is the most rapidly growing segment of the US population.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEssential Cardiology
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice: Second Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)158829370X, 9781588293701
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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    Rich, M. W. (2006). Heart disease in the elderly. In Essential Cardiology: Principles and Practice: Second Edition (pp. 705-727). Humana Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-59259-918-9_39