What is cardiovascular disease (CVD), what problems it can cause, why it happens and how you can reduce your risk?
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HDL cholesterol ?60 mg/dL counts as a "negative" risk factor; its presence removes one risk factor from the total count.
Once all risk factors have been identified, cardiovascular risk charts or calculator should be used to estimate the total risk of developing CVD over the following 10 years. A risk of <10% is mild, while >20% is high risk for CV events.