Improving clinical and functional outcomes of hospitalized older patients with cardiovascular illness

Kyle R. Allen, Steven R. Counsell, Richard A. Josephson, Robert M. Palmer

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Cardiovascular illness is the most common reason for admission of older adults to the hospital. Immobility and deconditioning are commonly associated with congestive heart failure and are also potential adverse outcomes of hospitalization for older adults. Immobility can lead to an irreversible loss of independent physical functioning that may result in a prolonged hospital stay, nursing home placement, and decreased quality of life. There is evidence to support the use of a modified clinical approach to the care of the hospitalized elderly to improve functional outcomes. This paper reviews this evidence and offers practical strategies to physicians caring for patients hospitalized with cardiovascular illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalCardiovascular Reviews and Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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