Lecture Ten Notes

Lecture Ten Notes - GE 80A Lecture 10 Disease of Aging Part...

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GE 80A Lecture 10 Disease of Aging Part I Rita Effros Chronic Diseases Once disease occurs, it remains for rest of life (cannot be cured) 75% of American health care expenditure Elders account for 40% of all chronic illnesses 4 out of 5 elders have at least one chronic disease When an elder has more than one chronic disease, they are more likely to be impaired Symptoms may reduce in elders, but the seriousness of disease remains the same Sometimes elders who take different medications may can one disease to worsen Even though chronic diseases remain for life, must remain positive attitudes Cardiovascular Diseases Atherosclerosis – relates to clotting (atheroma – clot, has to do with arterial wall) o Caused by fat/lipids o Atherosclerosis increases with age o Individuals at 18 to 20 can start developing atherosclerosis o Trans fat builds up cholesterol (LDL) o Low density lipoproteins (LDL) – when lipoprotein is centrifuged, high density sinks and low density LDL floats, low density LDL are responsible for atherosclerosis.
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o Atherosclerosis can occur anywhere in the body Elders feel pain in legs because there is not enough blood in arteries due to major clots (called Intermittent Claudicaton)
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