Age As a Risk Factor

Ravi Dhingra, Ramachandran S. Vasan

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Age
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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