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Daniel T Lackland, Mitchell S V Elkind, Ralph D'Agostino, Mandip S Dhamoon, David C Goff, Randall T Higashida, Leslie A McClure, Pamela H Mitchell, Ralph L Sacco, Cathy A Sila, Sidney C Smith, David Tanne, David L Tirschwell, Emmanuel Touzé, Lawrence R Wechsler
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Current US guideline statements regarding primary and secondary cardiovascular risk prediction and prevention use absolute risk estimates to identify patients who are at high risk for vascular disease events and who may benefit from specific preventive interventions. These guidelines do not explicitly include patients with stroke, however. This statement provides an overview of evidence and arguments supporting (1) the inclusion of patients with stroke, and atherosclerotic stroke in particular, among those considered to be at high absolute risk of cardiovascular disease and (2) the inclusion of stroke as part of the outcome cluster in risk prediction instruments for vascular disease...
July 2012: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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