The Silver Tsunami Quiz: CVD in the Elderly

Adam H. Skolnick, MD


March 10, 2017

The "silver tsunami" is coming, as the number of Americans older than 85 years is expected to triple by 2050.[1] How much do you know about cardiovascular disease in older adults? Take this quiz and learn.

Blood Pressure in the Elderly

An 89-year-old man visits his cardiologist for a follow-up visit; his blood pressure is measured as 140/70 mm Hg. A few weeks later, the patient's geriatrician calls the cardiologist and reports that she obtained a blood pressure of 180/70 mm Hg. She routinely palpates the radial pulse to determine the peak inflation pressure. There was no change in medication or diet.


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