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01.12.2016 | geriatrics: at crossroads of medicine | Sonderheft 7/2016

Wiener klinische Wochenschrift 7/2016

Psychocardiology in the elderly

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Wiener klinische Wochenschrift > Sonderheft 7/2016
Autoren:
MD, PhD Brigita Novak Sarotar, MD, PhD Mitja Lainscak

Summary

The population is rapidly aging worldwide and the burden of chronic disease follows along. Frequently, diseases go hand in hand and cardiovascular disease and mental health problems are no exception. Symptoms of depression in the elderly are often overlooked and untreated because they coincide with other problems encountered by the elderly. Older adults with depressive symptoms have poorer functioning compared to those with chronic medical conditions. The burden of cardiovascular disease also remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Bidirectional associations between depression and cardiovascular diseases are described with a focus on psychosocial factors affecting cardiac functioning and disease outcome.

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