The coronary problem in relation to aging

Robert L. Levy

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Coronary atherosclerosis is not inherent in the aging process but is a superimposed disease, currently ascribed to a defect in lipid metabolism. Its incidence increases with advancing years. The degree of vascular damage is maximal in the age-period from 50 to 59, so that the sixth properly may be called the "dangerous decade." In outlining a regimen for older persons with coronary heart disease, unnecessary restrictions are to be avoided. The physician, in his efforts to add length to life, should not, without sound cause, curtail its breadth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)821-825
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1953
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Medicine(all)


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