Age as a risk factor

Med Clin North Am. 2012 Jan;96(1):87-91. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2011.11.003. Epub 2011 Dec 12.


The risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) is generally dependent on the presence or absence of traditional risk factors. Age is a well-known traditional risk factor, generally considered nonmodifiable. This review discusses the common use of individual age in prediction of CVD incidence using different risk scores, whether or not age as a risk factor can be modified, the methods used to evaluate long-term and short-term CVD risk, appropriate communication of individual risk based on age group and CVD risk, and the influence of age on cardiac and vascular risk factors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / etiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / prevention & control
  • Cost of Illness*
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Primary Prevention
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Time