Researchers hope that the emergence of numerous biomarkers for cardiovascular
disease in recent years will enable physicians to better assign risk and treat
A number of patients with coronary heart disease do not exhibit traditional
risk factors such as hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, obesity, and
smoking. Conversely, many individuals who do have such risk factors do not
have cardiovascular disease. A nuanced understanding of biomarkers, researchers
note, could increase the accuracy of risk assessment.
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