||Quite clearly, age and other risk factors play an important
role in defining absolute levels of cardiovascular risk. While smoking, diabetes,
hypercholesterolaemia and microalbuminuria might increase one’s cardiovascular risk two
or three fold, at any level of blood pressure, but cardiovascular risk may increase ten
fold or more between the ages of thirty and seventy. However, in addition to age and other
recognised cardiovascular risk factors, there are certain features of a subject with
hypertension that define additional cardiovascular risk.