Cardiovascular issues in older adults

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Leslie L Davis, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Patients who are 65 years and older make up nearly half of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and approximately 60% of the ICU hospital days in the United States.1 Cardiovascular (CV) conditions are commonly the first or second diagnosis on admission to the ICU. Furthermore, even if an elderly patient is not admitted for a CV condition, the physiologic stress of any acute illness challenges the heart, often producing structural or functional compromise. For example, acute ischemia or dysrhythmias may be the primary condition or a consequence of an initial physiologic insult.

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Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
Language: English
Date: 2014
Cardiovascular, Critical care, Elderly, Nursing care, Heart failure, Myocardial infarction, Hypertension

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