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Feature Article Cardiovascular medicine

Assessing and managing absolute cardiovascular disease risk

Robert Grenfell, Jennifer Thompson
Absolute cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management provides GPs with a systematic method of using routine risk data to identify and manage patients who are at risk of a cardiovascular disease event and to use this information to improve patient outcomes.
Key Points
  • Absolute cardiovascular disease risk has been broadly embraced across the developed world in recognition of clear evidence that individual risk factors coexist and interact to contribute to greater overall cardiovascular disease risk.
  • Absolute cardiovascular disease risk offers a systematic approach to the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in your patient populations
  • The Guidelines for the Management of Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk were approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council in 2012 and are written specifically for the primary care setting.
  • Absolute cardiovascular disease risk assessment assists health professionals in targeting prevention efforts according to a patient’s risk severity.

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