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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Would it be worthwhile for my 90 year old father to see a geriatrician

    About 4 weeks ago my father had a heart attack. Prior to this he was relatively fit for his age although he was a smoker and drinker. Since the heart attack his condition has continued to worsen and he got hospital induced pneumonia. He is now in rehab but is not eating and continually complains of chest pain and breathlessness. Would it be worth us getting him seen by a geriatrician and if so, what would they do for him
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    Angela McGinnis

    Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse

    I am a Nurse Practitioner with special interests and experience in diabetes, cardiovascular, heart failure, wounds and vascular. I can prescribe and order diagnostics. I … View Profile

    Yes - defiinitely. I would be surprised if he hasnt seen one already. A geriatrician would assess him thoroughly and optimise his medical therapy. Quality of life is very important, even at 90. 

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