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Med Clin North Am. 2012 Jan;96(1):87-91. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2011.11.003. Epub 2011 Dec 12.

Age as a risk factor.

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Section of Cardiology, Dartmouth Medical School, Heart and Vascular Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH 03756, USA.

Abstract

The risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) is generally dependent on the presence or absence of traditional risk factors. Age is a well-known traditional risk factor, generally considered nonmodifiable. This review discusses the common use of individual age in prediction of CVD incidence using different risk scores, whether or not age as a risk factor can be modified, the methods used to evaluate long-term and short-term CVD risk, appropriate communication of individual risk based on age group and CVD risk, and the influence of age on cardiac and vascular risk factors.

PMID:
22391253
PMCID:
PMC3297980
DOI:
10.1016/j.mcna.2011.11.003
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