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  1. Congestive heart failure in old age : prevalence, mechanisms and 4-year prognosis in the Helsinki Ageing Study.

    Article - En anglais


    To examine the prevalence, underlying diseases, abnormalities of left ventricular function and prognosis in congestive heart failure (CHF) of old age.


    A population-based clinical and echocardiographic study with a 4-year mortality follow-up.


    University hospital.


    Five hundred and one individuals born in 1904,1909 and 1914 (367 women).

    Main outcome measures

    Presence of CHF by clinical and chest radiograph criteria ; left ventricular size and systolic function by echocardiography ; grade of aortic and mitral valve lesions by Doppler echocardiography ; 4-year total and cardiovascular mortality.


    Forty-one of 501 participants (8.2%) had CHF.

    Ischaemic heart disease (54%), hypertension (54%) and moderate-to-severe mitral or aortic valve disease (51%) were the main underlying conditions ; 90% of patients had one or more of these diseases.

    Most individuals with CHF (28 of 39 patients, 72%) had normal left ventricular contractions at echocardiography.'Diastolic CHF'defined as CHF with normal systolic left ventricular function and no regurgitant valve disease, was found in 51% (20 of 39 patients).

    The relative 4-year risk for death associated with CHF, adjusted for age and sex, was 2.1 (95% confidence interval 1.3-3.4) for all-cause mortality and 4.2 (CI 1.9-5.6) for cardiovascular mortality.


    The prevalence of CHF in a population aged 75-86 years is approximately 8%. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Insuffisance cardiaque, Mortalité, Finlande, Europe, Fonction ventriculaire gauche, Echocardiographie, Dopplérométrie, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Pronostic, Vieillard, Homme, Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Cardiopathie, Exploration ultrason

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Heart failure, Mortality, Finland, Europe, Left ventricle performance, Echocardiography, Doppler ultrasound study, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Prognosis, Elderly, Human, Cardiovascular disease, Heart disease, Sonography

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0330761

    Code Inist : 002B12A01. Création : 12/09/1997.