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PostSubject: A quarter of our very elderly have undiagnosed treatable heart problems   Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:42 pm

The very oldest in our society are missing out on simple heart treatments which can prolong and improve their quality of life, Newcastle heart experts say.

Publishing today in Heart, they reveal that around a quarter (26%) of the people involved had a previously undiagnosed heart problem, in particular, impairment of left ventricular systolic function. Affected people's hearts do not contract strongly enough, which can leave them breathless and lead to heart failure. The condition is treatable with established drugs such as beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors.

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-07-quarter-elderly-undiagnosed-treatable-heart.html#jCp


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