Every year more than 1.7 million Americans develop sepsis—a life-threatening medical condition that happens when the body overreacts to an infection from a bacteria, virus, parasite or fungus, triggering a cascade of overwhelming inflammation and blood thickening within blood vessel linings.
Sepsis in Older Americans: Saving Lives through early Detection
Published January 2, 2019
Every year more than 1.7 million Americans develop sepsis—a life-threatening medical condition that arises when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection.
Anyone can get sepsis but two-thirds of all cases occur in people over 60. Sepsis kills more people in the United States than breast cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. Older adults, especially those with chronic health conditions like heart disease, and various types of cancer, are more likely to succumb to sepsis. However, early recognition of sepsis symptoms can save lives and reduce the risk of long-term effects. Watch this short video to learn more.