Hyperuricemia and other Cardiovascular Risk Factors

  • Heikki Takkunen
  • Antti Reunanen
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 76B)


The prevalence of clinical gout is rather low in Finland. In most studies concerning the epidemiology of gout the prevalence rates have varied from 0.3 to 3.0% in adult population. Persons having certain chronic diseases are allowed free drug therapy according to the Sickness Insurance Act of Finland. Gout is one of these chronic diseases. According to the latest statistics 0.1% of men and 0.03% of women aged 35–64 years are allowed free drug therapy for gout(1). On the other hand, the serum uric acid concentration of Finnish population is not strikingly lower than in other countries (2).


Uric Acid Cardiovascular Risk Factor Serum Uric Acid Serum Uric Acid Level Serum Uric Acid Concentration 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heikki Takkunen
    • 1
  • Antti Reunanen
    • 1
  1. 1.The Research Institute for Social Security and the Division of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicinethe Social Insurance InstitutionHelsinkiFinland

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