Elective: Cardiovascular epidemiology

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Epidemiology investigates how diseases are distributed in a population, what the risk factors for disease development and spreading are. In epidemiology, you analyse the factors that influence disease manifestation, such as environmental factors, genetic predisposition, physical condition or age of onset. Epidemiological studies usually include clinical and molecular phenotyping, which makes standardized examination protocols and large-scale biobanking important cornerstones.

The epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases is in the spotlight nowadays because cardiovascular diseases are one of the leading causes of death worldwide. A better understanding of the complex structure of cardiovascular disease factors offers important insights into the role epidemiology plays when you investigate diseases in order to prevent, diagnose and cure them.