What are the risk factors for noncoronary atherosclerosis?

Updated: Dec 23, 2019
  • Author: F Brian Boudi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Yasmine S Ali, MD, FACC, FACP, MSCI  more...
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A number of large epidemiologic studies in North America and Europe have identified numerous risk factors for the development and progression of atherosclerosis.

The risk factors can be divided into modifiable and nonmodifiable types and include hyperlipidemia, hypertension, cigarette habituation, diabetes mellitus, age, sex, physical inactivity, and obesity. In addition, a number of novel risk factors have been identified that add to the predictive value of the established risk factors and may prove to be a target for future medical interventions.

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