Recent success in the management of cardiovascular disease does not render prevention unimportant, rather emphasizes its importance. The process of prevention begins with setting the priorities, followed by determination of the risk of the patient based on clinical data. Life style, laboratory results and signs of subclinical atherosclerosis have great impact on the combined multifactorial risk. Professional advice to lifestyle modification can significantly reduce the risk. Additionally, adequate treatment of hypertension, diabetes mellitus and cholesterol abnormalities serve as preventive procedures, as well as the necessary coronary intervention and revascularization. Longer life expectancy, as the result of prevention, has both social and financial benefit. This result can only be expected after the required investment.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Lege Artis Medicinae|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 5 2000|
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