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Digital health in older adults for the prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases and frailty. A clinical consensus statement from the ESC Council for Cardiology Practice/Taskforce on Geriatric Cardiology, the ESC Digital Health Committee and the ESC Working Group on e-Cardiology

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Digital health technology is receiving increasing attention in cardiology. The rise of accessibility of digital health tools including wearable technologies and smart phone applications used in medical practice has created a new era in healthcare. The coronavirus pandemic has provided a new impetus for changes in delivering medical assistance across the world. This Consensus document discusses the potential implementation of digital health technology in older adults, suggesting a practical approach to general cardiologists working in an ambulatory outpatient clinic, highlighting the potential benefit and challenges of digital health in older patients with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease. Advancing age may lead to a progressive loss of independence, to frailty, and to increasing degrees of disability. In Geriatric Cardiology digital health technology may serve as an additional tool both in cardiovascular prevention and treatment that may help by 1) supporting self-caring patients with cardiovascular disease to maintain their independence and improve the management of their cardiovascular disease 2) improving the prevention, detection and management of frailty and supporting collaboration with caregivers. Digital health technology has the potential to be useful for every field of cardiology, but notably in an office-based setting with frequent contact with ambulatory older adults who may be pre-frail or frail but who are still able to live at home. Cardiologists and other healthcare professionals should increase their digital health skills and learn how best to apply and integrate new technologies into daily practice and how to engage older people and their caregivers in a tailored program of care.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jun 3, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 12, 2022
Publication Date Jul 12, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2023
Journal ESC Heart Failure
Print ISSN 2055-5822
Publisher Wiley Open Access
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 5
Pages 2808-2822
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/ehf2.14022
Keywords Digital health; Digital technology; eHealth; Older adults; Frailty; Cardiovascular disease; Cardiovascular prevention; Geriatric cardiology
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ehf2.14022

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