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Assessment of subclinical atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk.

Authors
  • Benitez, R M
  • Vogel, R A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical cardiology
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2001
Volume
24
Issue
10
Pages
642–650
Identifiers
PMID: 11594409
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Conventional cardiac risk factors do not fully explain the incidence of coronary artery disease and coronary events. Risk stratification and therapy based solely on these conventional risk factors may exclude a population who would otherwise benefit from lifestyle and risk factor modification. Recent efforts to improve our ability to recognize individuals and populations at increased risk of coronary events have focused on the noninvasive imaging of atherosclerosis, both in coronary and extracoronary arterial beds, or the identification of "non-traditional" serum markers. We review the complimentary role of these newer methods of risk stratification in the context of conventional risk factor evaluation.

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