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June 1953

STUDIES ON THE AGING HEART: The "Normal" Heart in Old Age—Study Based on an Analysis of Eight Hundred Autopsies

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From the Second Medical Division of Goldwater Memorial Hospital, Service of Dr. Kaufman.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1953;91(6):767-772. doi:10.1001/archinte.1953.00240180076009

THE PHYSICIAN quite frequently has to decide whether certain changes the heart presents are within "normal" limits or beyond them. This is often a difficult decision to make in the younger person and it is more so in the old. And yet the decision has to be made, since the advice of the physician as to medication and as to ordering a different way of life and forecasting life expectancy will depend on it.

This report, the third in a series on the aging heart,1 is concerned with the overall pathological and clinical findings in persons who have reached the age of 60 with no gross coronary artery disease or other heart ailment. Heart disease is not an inevitable accompaniment of old age. Newer research2 has uncovered a few of the predisposing or etiological factors in arteriosclerotic heart disease or, specifically, coronary arteriosclerosis. The prospects for a better

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