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Early Identification of Cardiovascular Diseases in People With Spinal Cord Injury: Key Information for Primary Care Providers

Published:February 06, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2016.10.001
      Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels, which include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. People living with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at higher risk for CVD than the general population. Therefore, early detection of CVD is critical to allow intervention before severe damage occurs. This information page presents key facts pertaining to CVDs in people aging with SCI and suggests actions that physicians/primary care providers can take to improve early detection and reduce disease severity.
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