Society of Geriatric Cardiology History

The Society of Geriatric Cardiology was founded in 1986 by world-renowned research and clinical cardiologists, and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization to meet the problems resulting from cardiovascular diseases in the increasing numbers of aging men and women in this country and throughout the world. It is anticipated that, by the year 2030, there will be 51.4 million people in the United States over 65, including 7.1 million over age 85. The increase appears to be due in part to the large number of individuals of all ages who are actively modifying adverse lifestyles and thereby postponing premature death from degenerative diseases. But, the added years in many instances are hampered by cardiovascular disability, dependency and infirmity.

The mission of the Society was to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in older people, andwas to improve the care of older adults with cardiovascular disorders.

Pursuant to its Mission, the Society’s goals was to foster and promote:

1.Education of health care professionals and the public about cardiovascular aging, cardiovascular disorders in the elderly, strategies for preventing and/or ameliorating the effects of cardiovascular diseases at older age, and the provision of appropriate and compassionate care at end-of-life;
2. Research into the effects of aging on cardiovascular structure and function, the interactions between aging and cardiovascular disease, and the pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular disorders at older age;
3. Dissemination of new knowledge through audiovisual, printed, and electronic media; and
4. Development of public policies designed to foster and maintain cardiovascular fitness and health at older age, and to ensure appropriate care for older persons in the terminal stages of cardiovascular disease.

The Society conducted educational programs for physicians and other health care professionals at national meetings of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, and the American Geriatrics Society. In addition, the Society organized and sponsored or co-sponsored stand alone symposia and conferences throughout the United States, often in collaboration with local medical centers and universities. Topics included cardiovascular drugs, coronary artery disease, pacemakers, antiarrhythmic therapy, and valvular heart disease; all as they relate to the elderly.