Older Adults and Heart Disease - heart disease in older adults

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Aging changes in the heart and blood vessels: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia heart disease in older adults


Heart disease is the most frequent condition in older adults and the No. 1 cause of death. Heart failure, coronary artery disease, and atrial fibrillation are common reasons for health visits and hospital stays. Normal aging causes your heart and blood vessels to stiffen, .

In , the leading causes of death in women ≥65 years of age were diseases of the heart (No.1), cancer (No.2), stroke (No.3), and CLRD (No.4). In older men, they were diseases of the heart (No.1), cancer (No.2), CLRD (No.3), and stroke (No.4). Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) (ICD/10 codes II25) (ICD/9 codes , ).

Aging changes in the heart and blood vessels - Other problems with the heart and blood vessels include the following Blood clots. Deep vein thrombosis. Thrombophlebitis. Peripheral vascular disease, resulting in intermittent pain in the legs when walking (claudication). Varicose veins.