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Providing patients with global cardiovascular risk information: is knowledge power?

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Title:
Providing patients with global cardiovascular risk information: is knowledge power?
Authors:
Ahmad T, Mora S
Journal:
Arch Intern Med
Publication date:
2010
Volume:
170
Issue:
3
First page:
227
Last page:
228
ISSN:
1538-3679
Link to pubmed:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20142566
Publication type:
Journal
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Extract. Studies performed by the World Health Organization (WHO) showthat at least one-third of all disease burden in developed countriescan be attributable to 5 modifiable risk factors: tobacco use,blood pressure level, cholesterol level, obesity, and alcoholuse.1 Patients play a fundamental role in public health as theyultimately make decisions regarding how to lead their lives.These important choices have an impact on their health, theeffectiveness of prescribed treatments, and their use of medicalresources. Therefore, in order to improve the health of patients,the role of health care professionals extends beyond practicingevidence-based medicine to providing patients with an easy-to-understandassessment of their cardiovascular disease risk and the meansto modify their risk. Current guidelines recommend office-based risk stratificationof all individuals using multiple risk factor scores to determineglobal risk. An expanding number of readily accessible assessmentsof . . .

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Providing patients with global cardiovascular risk information: is knowledge power? Ahmad T, Mora S. Arch Intern Med 2010; 170(3):227-228.

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