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Gerotechnology for Older Adults With Cardiovascular Diseases: JACC State-of-the-Art Review.

Krishnaswami A, Beavers C, Dorsch MP, Dodson JA, Masterson Creber R, Kitsiou S, Goyal P, Maurer MS, Wenger NK, Croy DS, Alexander KP, Batsis JA, Turakhia MP, Forman DE, Bernacki GM, Kirkpatrick JN, Orr NM, Peterson ED, Rich MW, Freeman AM, Bhavnani SP, Innovations, Cardiovascular Team and the Geriatric Cardiology Councils, American College of Cardiology. Gerotechnology for Older Adults With Cardiovascular Diseases: JACC State-of-the-Art Review. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2020 Dec 1; 76(22):2650-2670.

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Abstract:

The growing population of older adults (age  65 years) is expected to lead to higher rates of cardiovascular disease. The expansion of digital health (encompassing telehealth, telemedicine, mobile health, and remote patient monitoring), Internet access, and cellular technologies provides an opportunity to enhance patient care and improve health outcomes-opportunities that are particularly relevant during the current coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic. Insufficient dexterity, visual impairment, and cognitive dysfunction, found commonly in older adults should be taken into consideration in the development and utilization of existing technologies. If not implemented strategically and appropriately, these can lead to inequities propagating digital divides among older adults, across disease severities and socioeconomic distributions. A systematic approach, therefore, is needed to study and implement digital health strategies in older adults. This review will focus on current knowledge of the benefits, barriers, and use of digital health in older adults for cardiovascular disease management.





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