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Heart disease and multimorbidity information available online

Heart disease is the leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the U.S., but it doesn’t occur in isolation. A new website now provides the latest information on how to address the complex issues involved in caring for older adults with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and multiple coexisting conditions (MCCs).

The website contains the agenda, presentation slides, and participant list of a recent workshop co-sponsored by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

The goals of the workshop, held February 9–10, 2015, were to identify unmet needs, formulate a research agenda, and discuss strategies for translating new research findings into clinical practice, seeking to help improve patient-centered care and outcomes for the growing population of older adults with CVD and MCCs.

Dr. Marcel Salive of NIA’s Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology served as a co-chair of the workshop; Drs. Sue Zieman of NIA and Larry Fine of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute participated as faculty members in sessions on training and career development opportunities for researchers. Workshop attendees included senior leaders from the cardiology, geriatrics, and nursing communities; representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations; industry partners; and selected early-career investigators and future leaders in cardiology and geriatrics.

Two sessions on MCCs will be held at the AGS Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, May 15–17, 2015, emphasizing the importance of this topic.

  • Multimorbidity in Cardiovascular Disease: Proceedings of an ACC/AGS/NIA Workshop –Sunday, May 17, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Presenters will describe critical knowledge gaps and unmet needs related to the management of older adults with CVD and MCCs and discuss the need for a prioritized research agenda to address those gaps. They will also outline specific research programs that will provide the framework for modifying practice guidelines to more effectively treat older adults with MCCs and CVD; and describe methods for engaging a wide range of stakeholders in the design and execution of research programs to ensure better care for this population.
  • Improving the Health and Healthcare of Older Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions –Saturday, May 16, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. This session, moderated by Dr. Salive, will describe the need for increased focus on the health and health care of older persons living with MCCs; discuss the state of the evidence guiding patient care; describe the importance of patient-reported outcomes, along with new data sources to inform clinical practice relating to older patients with MCCs; and describe a new model of care that could better meet the complex needs of older patients with MCCs.