Congestive heart failure is also very common in older people in people older than 75 congestive heart failure occurs 10 times more often than in younger adults coronary artery disease is fairly common it is often a result of arteriosclerosis high blood pressure and orthostatic hypotension are more common with older age. Cardiovascular disease cvd in older americans imposes a huge burden in terms of mortality morbidity disability functional decline and healthcare costs in light of the projected growth of the population of older adults over the next several decades the societal burden attributable to cvd will continue to rise. 51 of cardiovascular procedures were performed on people age 65 years and older 58 of heart transplant recipients were age 50 and older costs total costs for cvd in 2009 were 1212 billion for patients 65 years of age and older 388 of total cvd costs older americans cvd 2013 statistical fact sheet. Managing the elderly with cardiovascular disease as patients are living longer theyre seeking more care for their cardiovascular diseases as well as the accompanying comorbities such as diabetes effective therapy works in the older population say the experts. Old and young and in between heart disease can affect people of all ages generally the risk of cardiovascular disease increases as you age for men the risk starts to climb at about age 45 when 1 out of every 100 men develop signs of heart disease by age 55 the risk has doubled to about 21 out every 100 men
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