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September 16, 1983

Geriatric Cardiology

Author Affiliations

Albany (NY) Medical College

JAMA. 1983;250(11):1471. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340110073050

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The aging human heart is a remarkable organ. Despite its decreased power, decreased ability to contract, slow rate of recovery, diminished cardiac reserve, and other changes, the older human heart functions adequately so long as it can rest sufficiently between beats and is not overwhelmed by disease. By the age of 100 years, a goal obtainable by increasing numbers of people, the heart has beat more than 3.6 billion times and pumped more than 288 billion mL of blood. No wonder physicians are becoming interested in the cardiovascular problems of older people. Books like this one help them find out how they can better treat their elderly patients.

Geriatric Cardiology, a new addition to the too slim medical literature on this subject, summarizes recent data in the field and interprets them in terms of an overall practical clinical approach in which therapy is individualized and physicians are encouraged to look