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Cardiac Disease in the Elderly

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CARLO CONTI You are today confronting sensitive questions on the subject of "Cardiac surgery and heart diseases in old age" and I ... Weiterlesen
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CARLO CONTI You are today confronting sensitive questions on the subject of "Cardiac surgery and heart diseases in old age" and I congratulate you on this. It is a brave and important step to discuss this multifaceted question which demands an answer and an explanation from many perspectives: From a medical perspective, there is the question of the medical feasibility and durability of treatment. From an economic angle we ask ourselves whether we can pay for everything that is medically feasible. From the patient's perspective there is the legitimate de sire and the justified need not to leave anything untried that might serve to sustain or improve the quality of life. The ethical perspective: is what is feasible really desirable? Should everything be done simply because it can be done? Is it ethically acceptable to set an age limit on an opera tion that in all probability will produce an improvement in the quality of life? And if so, where does this limit lie? Below it surgery is "worthwhile" but above it is not? No one in all seriousness and with a clean conscience will want to draw this line randomly or arbitrarily. That ap pears to us - quite rightly - morally unacceptable. The doctors' perspective: they are obliged by the Hippo cratic oath in principle to carry out all the treatments that are indicated and comply with the rules of the art of med ICIne.


Today coronary heart disease and end stage heart failure represent the leading causes of hospitalization and death in civilized countries. Annual inpatient and outpatient expenditure on new diseases in the Western world, combined with an increasing life expectancy, confront medicine and the financing society with previously unknown problems. In the 65 year age group any form of medical treatment of modern cardiology as well as cardiovascular surgery is available. Even outside medical studies, these procedures are accompanied without an unacceptable increased risk to the individual patient. The aim of this book is to present the findings and the prospects of success in a transparent manner. The presentations support the process of making medical decisions and give scientists and politicians the opportunity to discuss effects, backgrounds and provisional solutions.


1 Cardiac disease in the elderly - the true millennium problem.- 2 Coronary interventions in the elderly - the German ALKK Study Group experience.- 3 Coronary interventions in the elderly - the Swiss Catheter Experience.- 4 Cardiac surgery in the elderly.- 5 On the economics of medical innovation.- 6 Cardiac surgery in the elderly: impact on hospital management and economics.- 7 Viewpoint of a Swiss health insurer.- 8 Rationalisation or rationing - ways out of the ever increasing dilemma?.- 9 Socio-ethical remarks on the problem of the distribution of scarce resources in the health system.


Titel: Cardiac Disease in the Elderly
Untertitel: Interventions, Ethics, Economics
EAN: 9783798512863
ISBN: 3798512868
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Genre: Medizin
Anzahl Seiten: 112
Gewicht: 182g
Größe: H235mm x B155mm x T6mm
Jahr: 2001
Auflage: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2001