Acute coronary care in the elderly, Part I Non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndromes - A scientific statement for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association council on clinical cardiology - In collaboration with the society of geriatric cardiology
Alexander, Karen P × Newby, Kristin Cannon, Christopher P Armstrong, Paul W Gibler, W. Brian Rich, Michael W Van de Werf, Frans White, Harvey D Weaver, W. Douglas Naylor, Mary D Gore, Joel M Krumholz, Harlan M Ohman, E. Magnus #
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Circulation vol:115 issue:19 pages:2549-2569
Background - Age is an important determinant of outcomes for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS); however, community practice reveals a disproportionately lower use of cardiovascular medications and invasive treatment even among elderly patients with ACS who would stand to benefit. Reasons include limited trial data to guide the care of older adults and uncertainty about benefits and risks, particularly with newer medications or invasive treatments and in the setting of advanced age or complex health status.