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Top 10 List for the Cardiovascular Care of Older Adults

Cardiovascular medicine is disease oriented, technology driven, evidence rich, and focused on saving lives. Geriatric medicine is syndrome oriented, technology-avoiding, multidisciplinary, and focused on preserving quality of life. The tenets of these disciplines are divergent, yet their integration affords a richer platform for the cardiovascular care of older adults.1 Cardiovascular guidelines recommend treatment based upon evidence […]

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Subclinical Thyroid Disease and Mortality in the Elderly: A Retrospective Cohort Study

The association between subclinical hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and mortality in the elderly is poorly defined. This study was designed to evaluate the association between subclinical hypothyroidism and subclinical hyperthyroidism and mortality in the elderly and to define the thyroid-stimulating hormone values associated with excess mortality in the elderly. Methods We performed a retrospective cohort study […]

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Predictive Parameters of Accelerated Muscle Loss in Men—MINOS Study

Background Aging-related muscle loss is a public health problem. We investigated the association of lifestyle and hormonal factors with a prospectively assessed muscle loss in older men. Methods Among 608 home-dwelling men, aged 60-85 (mean 68) years, lifestyle and health status were evaluated through a questionnaire. Appendicular skeletal muscle mass was estimated using dual-energy x-ray […]

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The Immortality Myth

Dismissing the Immortality Myth: Improving Care and Incidentally Reducing Costs Is our “death evasion fantasy” driving up health care costs? Check out this provocative commentary from our May 2013 issue. -Ed. A major driver of health care costs that seems to be off limits for any discussion is the American trait of denying death, with […]

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Predicting Survival

Predicting Survival in Oldest Old People In a cohort of oldest old people (over age 85), slow gait speed and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living disability are both predictors of survival. Abstract  Objective  Measures of physical performance are regarded as useful objective clinical tools to estimate survival in elderly people. However, oldest old people, aged […]

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