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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. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Ravi Dhingra, Ramachandran S Vasan. Age as a risk factor. The Medical clinics of North America. 2012 Jan;96(1):87-91

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