Orlando, Fla—As physicians become increasingly
aware of the predictive value of risk factors and the expanding options for
preventing or delaying cardiovascular disease events, researchers are developing
new tests to further identify high-risk individuals.
Such new techniques “are so much more appropriate today now that
we know we can prevent problems even before [cardiovascular disease] develops,”
said Gerald Fletcher, MD, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College
of Medicine in Jacksonville, Fla. Fletcher served as moderator of a press
briefing at the March Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology,
where researchers from several teams described improvements in assessing heart
disease risk in specific populations.
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