Prevalence and clinical characteristics of left ventricular dysfunction among elderly patients in general practice setting: cross sectional survey.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence and clinical characteristics of left ventricular dysfunction among elderly patients in the general practice setting by echocardiographic assessment of ventricular function. DESIGN: Cross sectional survey. SETTING: Four centre general practice in Poole, Dorset. SUBJECTS: 817 elderly patients aged 70-84 years. MAIN OUTCOMES: Echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular systolic function including measurement of ejection fraction by biplane summation meth...Expand abstract
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