Cardiovascular risk factors for physician-diagnosed lumbar disc herniation.

  title={Cardiovascular risk factors for physician-diagnosed lumbar disc herniation.},
  author={Balraj S Jhawar and Charles S. Fuchs and Graham A. Colditz and Meir Jonathan Stampfer},
  journal={The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society},
  volume={6 6},
BACKGROUND CONTEXT Despite the high prevalence of lumbar disc disease among the general population, the determinants of this condition remain poorly understood. A recent hypothesis suggests that atherosclerotic vascular disease may play an important role in the etiology of this disorder. PURPOSE To explore the relationship between cardiovascular risk factors and the incidence of lumbar disc herniation. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING We prospectively examined the association between smoking, high… CONTINUE READING


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