Heart failure in the elderly: A geriatric syndrome. Picture of the modern situation
Among the older patientsâ€™ cohort, the aetiology of heart failure is peculiar and differs in many ways from the younger one, both in its epidemiology, diagnostic work-up and clinical presentation. Focusing on this population, we could assume that heart failure is a real geriatric syndrome, characterized by several features, which coexist with other comorbidities and require specific and targeted cares. It is therefore necessary to examine the global burden of heart failure and the patientâ€™s history rather than the causal cardiomyopathy - frequently more than one in the elderly - facing with the condition, bearing in mind the quality of life even before its duration.
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