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Review of the treatment of acute coronary syndrome in elderly patients

Authors Jokhadar M, Wenger NK

Published 17 November 2009 Volume 2009:4 Pages 435—444


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Maan Jokhadar, Nanette K Wenger

Division of Cardiology Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, GA

Abstract: Advances in treatment and early revascularization have led to improved outcomes for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, elderly ACS patients are less likely to receive evidence-based treatment, including revascularization therapy, due to uncertainty of the associated benefits and risks in this population. This article addresses key issues regarding medical and revascularization therapy in elderly ACS patients based on a review of the medical literature and in concordance with clinical practice guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

Keywords: acute coronary syndrome, revascularization, medical therapy

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