Guasti, L, Dilaveris, P, Mamas, MA, Richter, D, Christodorescu, R, Lumens, J, Schuuring, M, Carugo, S, Afilalo, J, Ferrini, M, Asteggiano, R and Cowie, MR (2022) Digital Health in Older Adults for the Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Diseases and Frailty. ESC Heart Failure. ISSN 2055-5822

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Digital health technology is receiving increasing attention in cardiology. The rise of accessibility of digital health tools including wearable technologies and smart phone applications used in medical practice has created a new era in healthcare. The coronavirus pandemic has provided a new impetus for changes in delivering medical assistance across the world. This Consensus document discusses the potential implementation of digital health technology in older adults, suggesting a practical approach to general cardiologists working in an ambulatory outpatient clinic, highlighting the potential benefit and challenges of digital health in older patients with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease. Advancing age may lead to a progressive loss of independence, to frailty, and to increasing degrees of disability. In Geriatric Cardiology digital health technology may serve as an additional tool both in cardiovascular prevention and treatment that may help by 1) supporting self-caring patients with cardiovascular disease to maintain their independence and improve the management of their cardiovascular disease 2) improving the prevention, detection and management of frailty and supporting collaboration with caregivers. Digital health technology has the potential to be useful for every field of cardiology, but notably in an office-based setting with frequent contact with ambulatory older adults who may be pre-frail or frail but who are still able to live at home. Cardiologists and other healthcare professionals should increase their digital health skills and learn how best to apply and integrate new technologies into daily practice and how to engage older people and their caregivers in a tailored program of care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors. ESC Heart Failure published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Society of Cardiology.ESC HEART FAILUREESC Heart Failure(2022)Published online in Wiley Online Library ( is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital health; Digital technology; eHealth; Older adults; Frailty; Cardiovascular disease; Cardiovascular prevention; Geriatric cardiology
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC666 Diseases of the circulatory (Cardiovascular) system
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 15:30
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2022 08:48

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