SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 152, 1, (2008), pp. 26
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectIGMD 5: Health aging / healthy living; NCEBP 14: Cardiovascular diseases; UMCN 2.2: Vascular medicine and diabetes; UMCN 5.1: Genetic defects of metabolism
neHeart failure and stroke are the leading causes ofdisability and hospitalizations in the elderly. Treatment with statins and antihypertensives has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in trials including elderly persons. Preventive measures are therefore necessary to decrease and compress morbidity, improve quality of life and limit the costs of health care in the elderly. Therefore, old age is no reason in itself to withhold cardiovascular preventive treatment.
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