Translated title of the contribution: Cardiovascular disease among elderly people; the 'Rotterdam elderly study'

D. E. Grobbee*, J. G. Van Der Bom, M. L. Bots, M. C. De Bruijne, A. Mosterd, A. W. Hoes, J. H. Den Breeijen, M. M.B. Breteler, A. M. De Bruijn, H. Burger, J. J. Claus, P. L.A. Van Daele, I. Dielemans, C. M. Van Duijn, J. M. Geleijnse, A. Hofman, P. T.V.M. De Jong, C. C.W. Klaver, C. E.D.H. De Laet

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Objective. To determine the prevalence of cardiovascular disease among elderly people and to investigate the use of cardiovascular medication in this group. Design. Cross-sectional study. Setting. A quarter in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Methods. As a part of the 'Rotterdam elderly study', the cardiovascular anamnesis of 7,983 responding persons ≥55 years (3105 men and 4878 women) was obtained by means of a questionnaire. Results. Twelve and 4% of men and women, respectively, had at some time had a myocardial infarction, and 5 and 4% a stroke. Almost 7% of both sexes had anamnestic symptoms of angina pectoris. Coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty were done in 4% and 1% of men and 1% and 0,5% of women, respectively. Of all participants 43% used at least one drug for cardiovascular purposes. Half of these used two or more, and a quarter used three or more drugs. Among women, diuretics were the most commonly used drug for cardiovascular purposes (21%), whereas among men beta-blocking agents were most common (15%). Conclusion. Cardiovascular diseases are common among elderly men and women. Many of them take at least one drug for cardiovascular purposes.

Translated title of the contributionCardiovascular disease among elderly people; the 'Rotterdam elderly study'
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)1978-1982
Number of pages5
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995


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