From circulating biomarkers to genomics and imaging in the prediction of cardiovascular events in the general population.

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Abstract Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In the last decades numerous markers have been considered and investigated for the prediction of CV events, but only a few of them resulted in improved global risk assessment beyond traditional risk factors when incorporated into coronary evaluation scores. Recent genetic studies have pointed out a few but consistent loci or genes which are independently associated with CV risk. The idea is fascinating that these genetic markers could lead to improved individual CV risk assessment and tailored pharmacological interventions. In this brief review we will not make a systematic review of all non-genetic and genetic markers of CV risk but we will try to make a brief overview of the most interesting ones with the aim to underline potential 'pros' and 'cons' of their implementation in clinical practice.

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  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-447
JournalAnnals of Medicine
Volume44
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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