risk factor


Definition of risk factor

: something that increases risk or susceptibility

Examples of risk factor in a Sentence

Age is one of the risk factors for this disease.

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The researchers advise parents of children conceived with IVF to concentrate on other heart disease risk factors. Fox News, "IVF kids may have higher risk of high blood pressure," 6 Sep. 2018 While calling the new work statistically sound, Dr. Andrew DeFilippis and Patrick Trainor of the University of Louisville also asked how race might change the way risk factors contribute to heart attack or stroke. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "New risk calculator could change the aspirin, statins, and blood pressure medications some people take," 4 June 2018 Also, the data analysis did not include measures of certain health conditions that are risk factors for a shorter life expectancy, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "These 5 healthy habits could help you live a decade longer, study suggests," 30 Apr. 2018 Having miscarriages, still births, and having children earlier in life also all seemed to be risk factors for cardiovascular disease, according to the study. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Getting Your Period Before Age 12 Could Be Linked to Cardiovascular Disease, Study Finds," 18 Jan. 2018 Scientists don’t know exactly why some people develop shingles and others don’t, but there are some common risk factors. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 Sarkar said a patient doesn’t have to show all the risk factors to receive a NASH diagnosis. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "A liver disease you've never heard of is putting 12 million Americans' lives at risk," 7 June 2018 But obesity and lack of physical activity are collectively considered the second-most-common risk factor for cancer, behind smoking. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Obesity may make women more vulnerable to a host of cancers, especially if they gain weight quickly," 23 May 2018 Kunutsor said his team accounted for many of those differences — including age and income, smoking and exercise habits, and stroke risk factors like high blood pressure and diabetes. Amy Norton, chicagotribune.com, "Time in a sauna linked to lower stroke risk," 9 May 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of risk factor

: something that increases risk especially : something that makes a person more likely to get a particular disease or condition

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Medical Definition of risk factor

: something that increases risk or susceptibility poorly controlled hypertension is a risk factor for coronary heart disease

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