Clinical profile of chronic heart failure in elderly women

Suman Tandon, Shelley R. Hankins, Thierry H. Le Jemtel

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The pathogenesis, clinical course, and treatment of chronic heart failure (HF) are different in elderly women from those of patients recruited in the landmark trials of chronic HF Patients included in these landmark trials were predominantly men whose age was 10-15 years younger than the average age of patients with chronic HF in the United States. Diastolic dysfunction resulting in impaired left ventricular (LV) filling is the preponderant LV functional alteration that leads to chronic HF in elderly women. Gender differences in the LV remodeling process that accompanies chronic cardiac pressure are likely to be responsible for the preponderance of LV diastolic dysfunction over systolic dysfunction in elderly women. In response to chronic pressure overload, the LV wall becomes thicker in women than in men. Consequently, in response to chronic pressure overload, women are able to normalize LV wall stress and preserve LV systolic function to a greater extent than men. However, impaired LV filling is an undesirable consequence of the greater increase in LV wall thickness in women. Thus, clinical observations and therapeutic guidelines derived from data collected in the landmark trials of chronic HF may not apply to elderly women with chronic HF In view of the lack of evidence-based information needed to guide the management of elderly women with chronic HF, special attention should be given to include a substantial number of elderly women in future therapeutic trials recruiting patients with chronic HF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-323
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Cardiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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