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Acute Coronary Syndrome among Older Patients: A Review

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Murugu Veerasamy, Dr Richard Edwards, Professor Gary Ford, Emeritus Professor Thomas Kirkwood, Joanne Newton, Dacia Jones, Professor Vijay KunadianORCiD


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Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Due to advances in medicine in the last few decades, life expectancy has increased resulting in an aging population in developed and developing countries. Acute coronary syndrome causes greater morbidity and mortality in this group of older patients, which appears to be due to age-related co-morbidities. This review examines the incidence and prevalence of acute coronary syndrome among older patients, examines current treatment strategies, and evaluates the predictors of adverse outcomes. In particular, the impact of frailty on outcomes and the need for frailty assessment in developing future research and management strategies among older patients are discussed

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Author(s): Veerasamy M, Edwards R, Ford G, Kirkwood T, Newton J, Jones D, Kunadian V

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cardiology in Review

Year: 2015

Volume: 23

Issue: 1

Pages: 26-32

Print publication date: 01/01/2015

Online publication date: 08/01/2014

ISSN (print): 1061-5377

ISSN (electronic): 1538-4683


DOI: 10.1097/CRD.0000000000000016

PubMed id: 24407049