Archive for October, 2011

Aging & Pharmacology

Dr Janice Schwartz is professor of clinical medicine in bioengineering and therapeutic sciences at UCSF, and also the director of research at Jewish Home in San Francisco.  

View her presentation on
Aging and Pharmacology at this link.

Please refer to a corrected slide #12 to address an error in the original presentation of the Cockcroft & Gault formula.

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Suggested Reading:
The Current State of Knowledge on Age, Sex, and Their Interactions on Clinical Pharmacology

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe age-related declines in body size, composition, renal elimination, and enzymatic metabolism and how these changes affect medication dosing
2. Recognize the risks of therapy involving multiple medications (polypharmacy)
3. Conceptualize a framework for minimizing polypharmacy
4. Identify unmet needs and knowledge gaps in our medication-based therapies for cardiac conditions of older people

Cardiovascular Syndromes in Older Adults

Dr. Mat Maurer, GNYGCC Founder, experienced researcher, clinician and educator explained the value of delineating the work of both Geriatrics and Cardiology in terms of syndromes, rather than disease.  He further elucidated the significant impact of syndromes on outcomes and the greater predictive value of these in respect to clinical markers.

View Dr Maurer’s lecture at:
Cardiovascular Syndromes in the Older Adult



See the complete slide set at:
Cardiovascular Syndromes in Older Adults’

Suggested Readings:

Geriatric Syndromes: Clinical, Research and Policy Implications of a Core Geriatric Concept

Prevalence of geriatric syndromes and impact on clinical and functional outcomes in older patients with acute cardiac diseases

Self-Reported Lack of Energy (Anergia) Among Elders in a Multiethnic Community

Combined Impact of Geriatric Syndromes and Cardiometabolic disesase on Measures of Functional Impairment

Seminar Objectives:

Upon completion of this module, the reader will be able to:

  1. Enumerate criteria for defining “geriatric syndromes”
  2. Understand the added value added in moving away from a “disease based model” to a more complex paradigm involving syndromes.
  3. Delineate common “geriatric cardiovascular syndromes”.
  4. Identify shared risk factors among “geriatric syndromes”
  5. Highlight the prevalence of “geriatric syndromes” in older adults with cardiovascular disease and their independent association with outcomes.
  6. List obstacles to geriatric assessment not being part of routine clinical care for older adults with cardiovascular disease.

GNYGCC Kick-Off Event

~100 trainees and instructors, members and guests, presenters and staff gathered at the Heart Center auditorium of Columbia University Medical Center to launch GNYGCC !

CLICK HERE to see and hear the presentations for yourself!