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SANCHEZ PEREZ, Isidoro Francisco; FONG ESTRADA, Juana Adela; LLANES REVILLA, Osvaldo de Jesús  y  ISIDORO PERU, Isaac. Cardiovascular function assessed by echocardiogram in hospitalized elderly. MEDISAN [online]. 2011, vol.15, n.4, pp.426-432. ISSN 1029-3019.

Regarding elderly tend to have cardiovascular diseases, it was decided to carry out a descriptive and cross-sectional study with the 205 hospitalized patients at the Geriatrics Service from ¨Dr Ambrosio Grillo Portuondo¨ Clinical-Surgical Teaching Hospital located in Santiago de Cuba during the year 2008. All elderly were suggested to have an echocardiogram done -independently of the hospitalization motive and of having cardiopathy history or not- in order to assess not only the function of the cardiovascular system, but also the presence of ventricular hypertrophy or dilation. All this along with the diagnosis of ischemic cardiopathy prevailed in the case material, although it is important to specify that ventricular dilation was predominant in senile elderly, followed by I grade mild systolic and diastolic failures, respectively. The use of that technique was valid in order to obtain the necessary information, taking into account that echocardiographic images showed existing cardiopathies, since out of the 74 patients who did not report them in their history, 20 had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and 12 had valvar damage.

Palabras clave : elderly; cardiovascular function; cardiopathy; echocardiogram; Geriatrics Service.

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