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    An Introduction to Cardiovascular Risk

    Despite substantial treatment advances, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) remain the leading cause of death in the world. Recent research has revealed that nearly seven in ten cases of CVD can be explained by modifiable risk factors: such as high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, low education, smoking, dyslipidaemia, poor diet, strength and physical activity, diabetes, depression, and air pollution. Diagnosis and management of these risk factors are essential to preventing premature deaths due to CVD. However, there remains a significant risk of cardiovascular events despite optimal risk factor management. Other less understood, potentially modifiable risk factors include inflammatory, pro-thrombotic and metabolic pathways, and warrant further study.

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