Stable vascular disease raises CVD mortality

Outpatients with apparently stable artherothrombosis are still at high risk of death or serious cardiovascular illness, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Based on data from the REACH (Reduction of Artherothrombosis for Continued Health) registry, which includes 67,888 outpatients with artherothrombotic disease from 44 countries, the researchers found that 13 per cent of patients had suffered a major adverse cardiovascular event after one year.

The figure was 22 per cent for those with peripheral arterial disease in the legs or abdomen.

Patients who had arterial disease in three locations had a 28 per cent risk.

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