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Welcome to Week 4

Cardiovascular disease has either modifiable or non-modifiable risk factors. Dr Natasha Barrett explains how lifestyle choices impact upon prevention.

Welcome to the fourth and final week of ‘Heart Health: A Beginner’s Guide to Cardiovascular Disease’. This week we will be looking at risk factors and prevention, before rounding up what you have learnt this week with a final quiz.

We’ll explore two different types of risk factors throughout the week:

  • Risk factors that we can change, also known as modifiable risk factors, such as diet
  • Risk factors that we can’t change, also known as non-modifiable risk factors. These include age and gender

Learning objectives

By the end of this week you should be able to understand or be aware of:

  • The links between various non-modifiable or modifiable risk factors and cardiovascular disease
  • How lifestyle choices can be made to try and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Computer programmes that can help calculate your risk of cardiovascular disease, and the reasoning behind the questions on the QRisk Cardiovascular Disease Risk Calculator

Your Mentors

The mentors will be on hand to help support the discussions and answer your queries between 21 September – 18 October.

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