Multimorbidity and advanced age in cardiac rehabilitation. Special considerations
Budapesti Szt. Ferenc Kórház, Kardiológiai Rehabilitációs Osztály, Budapest
The share of older persons in the total population will increase significantly in the coming decades; the percentage of older adults over the age of 80 continues to expand. In the last decades, there have been remarkable advances in the acute medical care, resulting improved chance of survival including the aged cardiac patients. Consequently, ageing, multimorbidity, disability and frailty have come into sight also in cardiac rehabilitation that we must face. However, it was postulated, that cardiac rehabilitation is effective and safe in all ages, we have to be aware, that frail patients are at a higher risk for complications and accelerated physical deconditioning. Caregivers in cardiac rehabilitation should pay special attention to this circumstance.