Family history assessment: strategies for prevention of cardiovascular disease.

  title={Family history assessment: strategies for prevention of cardiovascular disease.},
  author={Steven C. Hunt and Marta Gwinn and Ted D. Adams},
  journal={American journal of preventive medicine},
  volume={24 2},
Family history assessment can be used to combine population-wide health promotion and risk-reduction efforts with a high-risk, targeted approach to help reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Family history is an independent predictor of CVD, and the upper portion of the family history distribution explains a larger fraction of CVD in the population than can be explained by extreme values of other risk factors (e.g., blood pressure and cholesterol). A positive family history of… CONTINUE READING

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