Disease Prevalence In The Elderly

The prevalence of many diseases is age-related and several may co-exist in the same patient. These include hypertension (Hawthorne et al., 1974) osteoarthrosis (Lawrence, 1977) and prostatic hypertrophy (Berry et al., 1984). Age-specific mortality rates are shown for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, together with data for cancers, in Table 7.1 (British Heart Foundation, 2000) and morbidity data in Table 7.2 (British Heart Foundation, 2001).

Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular problems related to atheroma are the most common cause of death in the elderly but are also a major source of suffering. Nevertheless, a huge majority of old people have osteoarthrosis of the joints and the lower limbs (Blackburn et al., 1994) causing pain and disability without threatening life

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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