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Sahdev N, Malhotra A, Sharma S. Assessment and management of CVD risk in adults. Practitioner Oct 2017;261(1808):13-16

Assessment and management of CVD risk in adults

23 Oct 2017Registered users

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects seven million people in the UK alone. CVD is a term that encompasses coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation, aortic disease, peripheral artery disease and stroke. Modifiable risk factors for CVD include smoking, abnormal lipid profile, hypertension, diabetes, abdominal obesity, psychosocial factors, diet, alcohol consumption, and lack of physical activity. The INTERHEART study concluded that these factors account for more than 90% of the risk of MI worldwide. Well validated studies have suggested that QRISK2 is a better predictor of a patient’s ten-year risk of CVD compared with the traditionally used Framingham equation.

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