Published in Cardiovascular Week, December 8th, 2008
Among the known risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus ranks as one of the most potent. It increases the lifetime risk of a major cardiac event by 2 to 4 times, relative to individuals without diabetes, according to background information in the article. A substantial proportion of cardiovascular risk is under the control of genetic factors.
Genetic variation on chromosome 9p21 has been associated with increased risk of coronary artery...
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