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Cardiovascular Disease in the Octogenarian and Beyond

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7189.1015 (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1015
  1. A John Campbell, dean.
  1. Faculty of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

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    Nanette K Wenger

    Martin Dunitz, £75, pp 456

    ISBN 1 85317 581 1

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    Old age could be defined as that time when you may be deprived of beneficial services simply because of your years. Old age is also the time when your treating cardiologist ought to be considering many factors in addition to simply your cardiac function. An octogenarian qualifies as old on both counts. Defining old as 80 years and over is a bold move, given that many authors writing on system diseases in elderly people extrapolate evidence from those aged 50 and over, a tendency that …

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