Cardiovascular care in the older adult: Valvular heart disease

British Geriatrics Society
Date Published:
26 June 2020
Last updated: 
26 June 2020

This resource series, curated by the BGS Cardiovascular SIG, brings together key principles and guidelines on the management of cardiovascular disease in older adults. 

Valvular heart disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in older adults. While cases related to rheumatic heart disease have declined in the Western world, our ageing population has dramatically increased the incidence of degenerative valve disease. It is estimated that 1 in 8 adults over 75 years old now have significant (moderate or severe) valve disease, even if asymptomatic. The most common valve conditions in older adults are aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation.

A NICE review of valvular heart disease in adults is expected in 2021 and will address multimorbidity and frailty in these populations.

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