Cardiovascular risk continues to be the leading cause of death in the US.1 Guidelines are evolving to implement new kinds of cardiovascular testing that may help save millions of lives. Quest Diagnostics is at the forefront, dedicated to incorporating innovative testing methods that provide effective and accurate results.

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Cardiovascular disease statistics

Cardiovascular guidelines

Identifying residual risk

Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the US1

  • About 2,150 Americans die from cardiovascular disease each day—one every 40 seconds
  • 635,000 Americans per year will have a heart attack for the first time
  • Nearly half of all heart attack patients are found to have no prior risk that would indicate they are heading toward an attack
  • Many of the risk factors contributing to cardiovascular disease are modifiable—such as cigarette smoking, high BMI, and high sodium intake

BMI=body mass index.

Evolving guidelines continue to focus on traditional factors to manage cardiovascular risk

ATP=Adult Treatment Panel; ACC=American College of Cardiology; AHA=American Heart Association; CHD=coronary heart disease;

LDL=low-density lipoproteins; HDL=high-density lipoproteins.

Residual cardiovascular risk is still significant despite managing traditional risk factors

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels may not always be predictive of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke, in both primary and secondary prevention settings. In fact, the AHA Get-With-The-Guidelines® initiative analysis revealed that a substantial proportion of coronary heart disease (CHD) event patients were well within guideline-recommended targets for lipid panel values.

Identifying residual risk with emerging biomarkers

Contribution of these biomarkers is well proven and accepted by many guidelines and societies.

Inflammation Risk Factors

Lipoprotein Risk Factors

Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease—Why diabetes risk as a part of Cardio IQ?

The American Heart Association considers diabetes to be one of the seven major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and it’s important to remember how tied together they are. About 65 percent of people with diabetes die from some form of heart disease or stroke, and adults with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than people without diabetes. Additionally, people with diabetes tend to develop heart disease at an earlier age than people without diabetes.

Obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are all closely associated.

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Reference: 1. Go A et al. on behalf of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics. Circulation. 2013;127:e6-e245.