Position Papers - Risk Factor for Adults

High blood pressure, elevated serum cholesterol, and physical inactivity are major risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease in individuals of all ages. However, although treatment of these risk factors is well established in younger patients, questions frequently arise regarding the appropriateness of risk factor modification in older adults, particularly those over the age of 80. To help clarify these issues, the Society of Geriatric Cardiology is pleased to publish these 2 Position Papers:

On risk factor management in older adults. These Position Papers are intended for a lay audience, and it is hoped that physicians will copy these Papers freely and make them available to their patients.