By F. I. Caird, R. D. Kennedy (auth.), F. I. Caird, J. L. C. Dall, R. D. Kennedy (eds.)
As durability raises, the scope of cardiac problems extends extra broadly within the 6th decade and onward into the 7th and subse quent many years. for instance, because of potent cardiac surgical procedure in youth, congential middle illness is now came upon with expanding frequency in adults and never particularly in people over sixty five years of age. The frequency of aortic valve alternative for calcific congenital valve stenosis in matters round 70 years of age illustrates the intrusion of congenital center disorder into the older age variety. therefore, the publica tion of Cardiology in previous Age could be particularly welcome at present. The Editors have assembled an impressive galaxy of specialists to provide the detailed difficulties of epidemiology, pathology, cardiovascu lar body structure and serve as, and of particular cardiac issues within the aged. The bankruptcy on cardiac surgical procedure is very acceptable to many present difficulties. the entire topic needs to be of turning out to be hindrance to all clinicians and medical examiners who've more and more to accommodate older sufferers who've cardiovascular issues. wisdom of the results of getting older at the cardiovascular method is for that reason of significant curiosity and the data given during this ebook absolutely may be of price to basic physicians and cardiologists, who can be anticipated sooner or later to paintings extra heavily with geriatricians within the care of the aged. carrying on with examine into the issues of getting older is obviously additionally of serious value specially within the box of cardiovascular medicine.
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There is an irregular tear in the anterior wall of the left ventricle (arrow). The heart is surrounded by clotted blood that filled the pericardial sac. From a previously well 82-year-old woman who died suddenly. adhesion, and a false aneurysm forms. Successful repair is then possible (Van Tassell and Edwards 1972). In most recent reviews, external cardiac rupture has been found in from 7 to 9% of fatal cases of myocardial infarction. The incidence was highest in medicolegal autopsies and in elderly psychotics.
The coronary arteries were widely patent, showing mild atheroma only. ease. Such cases are occasionally seen (Fig. 7), however, and Roberts and Ferrans (1975) describe an example in a woman aged 96. In contrast to the appearances in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the heart in congestive cardiomyopathy is strikingly globular, with a large, dilated left ventricular cavity. Small areas of endocardial fibrosis may be seen in both ventricles, together with small thrombi adherent to the interstices of the cavities.
Microscopy (Fig. 11) shows amorphous areas of calcification in the cusp fibrosa, usually most extensive in the basal part and not involving the free edge. This Pathology of the Myocardium and Valves 27 Fig. 11. Degenerative aortic calcification. Section through aortic cusp and base of aorta, showing nodular masses of calcification in the fibrous plate of the cusp and ulcerating into the aortic sinus. 28 Ariela Pomerance Fig. 12. Degenerative aortic stenosis (A). Three separate, equal-sized aortic valve cusps are present, with nodular calcification of cusps and in aortic sinuses.