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Family History Assessment: Strategies for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Hunt, Steven C and Gwinn, Marta and Adams, Ted D (2003) Family History Assessment: Strategies for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 24 (2). pp. 136-142. ISSN 07493797

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Abstract

Family history assessment can be used to combine population-wide health promotion and risk-reduction efforts with a high-risk, targeted approach to help reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Family history is an independent predictor of CVD, and the upper portion of the family history distribution explains a larger fraction of CVD in the population than can be explained by extreme values of other risk factors (e.g., blood pressure and cholesterol). A positive family history of disease captures the underlying complexities of gene–gene and gene–environment interactions by identifying families with combinations of risk factors, both measured and unmeasured, that lead to disease expression. Family history is a useful tool for identifying most prevalent cases of CVD and for population-wide disease-prevention efforts. A positive family history also identifies the relatively small subset of families in the population at highest risk for CVD who may benefit most from targeted screening and intensive intervention.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: family history, family history assessment, faily health history, cardiovascular disease, prevention, CVD
Subjects: Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cardiovascular Disease
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
Practice > interventions
Research
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 15:00
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/468

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