Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Early prediction of cardiovascular disease by primary-care assessment

Tools for early assessment of cardiovascular disease have become available but not adopted in primary-care settings. Increased arterial stiffness is a well-known marker for advanced cardiovascular disease (CVD) and has been shown to be an independent predictor of cardiovascular mortality. In addition, arterial pulse wave velocity (PWV) has been readily accepted as a measure of arterial stiffness. Despite significant studies reported in peer-reviewed literature that support the use of PWV as a predictor of CVD, adoption for routine patient assessment and screening is limited. Incidence of CVD can be reduced by increased use of noninvasive tools for assessment of arterial stiffness in primary care and subsequent early treatment.

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