Part I. Epidemiology, Demographics, and Health Care Policyn n Demography and Epidemiology: An Examination of Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderlyn Rachel B. Wellnern n The Evolution of the American Health Care Systemn S. Brent Ridge and Christine Casseln n Part II. Fundamentals of Caring for the Elderlyn n Nutritional Needs of the Elderlyn Ashley S. Im, Patrick Archdeacon, and David H. Chongn n Pharmacological Management of the Older Patientn Rudina M. Odeh-Ramadan and Tami L. Remingtonn n Psychiatric Issues in the Care of the Elderly Cardiothoracic Surgery Patientn Edward T. Kenny, Philip R. Muskin, and Peter A. Shapiron n Neurological Aspects of Caring for the Agedn Mitchell S. V. Elkindn n Cardiac Rehabilitation in the Older Patientn Marjorie L. Kingn n Ethical Issues in the Elderlyn Kenneth M. Pragern n Part III. Cardiovascular Care for the Elderlyn n Cardiovascular Changes with Agingn Mathew S. Maurer and Myron L. Weisfeldtn n Risk Factors and the Prevention of Heart Diseasen Nanette K. Wengern n Arrhythmias in the Elderly: With an Emphasis on Atrial Fibrillationn James A. Reiffeln n Syncope in the Elderlyn Daniel M. Bloomfield and Chandra Kunavarapun n Ischemic Heart Diseasen Susan J. Zieman, Steven P. Schulman, and Jerome L. Flegn n Heart Failure: With an Emphasis on Diastolic Heart Failuren Dalane W. Kitzmann n Part IV. Cardiac Surgical Care for the Elderlyn n Surgical Treatment of Ischemic Heart Disease in the Elderlyn Mauricio J. Garrido, Michael Argenziano, and Eric A. Rosen n Surgical Treatment of Heart Failure in the Elderlyn Aftab R. Kherani and Mehmet C. Ozn n Cardiac Pacing and Defibrillatorsn Henry M. Spotnitzn n Postoperative Management of the Geriatric Patientn Hugh R. Playfordn n Incidence and Management of Complications of Surgical Treatment in the Elderlyn Eugene Kukuy and Niloo M. Edwardsn n Valvular Heart Disease in the Elderly Populationn Windsor Ting and Craig R. Smithn n Index
Reviews the best therapies and surgical techniques available to provide quality care for the elderly cardiac patient and of those areas that require further research. The authors detail 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 of specific surgical procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting, valve surgery, pacemaker and defibibrillators, and surgical management of heart failure.