Author Affiliation: Departments of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and Hematology, and Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, New York.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the western world and a leading cause of death worldwide. Assessing patients' cardiovascular risk may be used to target preventive treatments to asymptomatic individuals at high risk for future CVD events. For these high-risk individuals, strategies including medication, diet, and comprehensive lifestyle approaches have been shown to improve cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.1
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