Current Cardiology Reports

, 20:126 | Cite as

The Evolving Cardiovascular Disease Risk Scores for Persons with Diabetes Mellitus

  • Yanglu ZhaoEmail author
  • Nathan D. Wong
Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (ND Wong, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease


Purpose of Review

We briefly introduce the concept and use of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk scores and review the methodology for CVD risk score development and validation in patients with diabetes. We also discuss CVD risk scores for diabetic patients that have been developed in different countries.

Recent Findings

Patients with diabetes have a gradient of CVD risk that needs to be accurately assessed. Numerous CVD risk scores for diabetic patients have been created in various settings. The methods to develop risk scores are highly diverse and each choice has its own pros and cons. A well-constructed risk score for diabetic patients may be advocated by guidelines and adopted by healthcare providers to help determine preventive strategies. New risk factors are being investigated in order to improve the predictive accuracy of current risk scores.


A suitable CVD risk score for the diabetes population should be accurate, low-cost, and beneficial to outcome. While the performance (accuracy) has all been internally validated, validation on external populations is still needed. Cost-effectiveness and clinical trials demonstrating improvement in outcomes are limited and should be the target of future research.


Cardiovascular disease Disease risk score Diabetes 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Dr. Zhao has no conflicts to report.

Dr. Wong receives research funding from Amgen, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Amarin, and Pfizer; is a consultant for Astra-Zeneca and Akcea; and is on the speaker’s bureau for Sanofi.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyUniversity of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Heart Disease Prevention ProgramUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

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