16Nov 2014

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is common in the general population, affecting the majority of adults past the age of 60 years. Many risk factors for cardiovascular disease are modifiable by specific preventive measures. In the worldwide INTERHEART study of patients from 52 countries, nine potentially modifiable factors accounted for over 90 percent of the population-attributable risk of a first MI: smoking, dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, abdominal obesity, psychosocial factors, daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, regular alcohol consumption, and regular physical activity.