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Absolute cardiovascular disease risk and the use of the Australian cardiovascular disease risk calculator

Nelson, MD 2020 , 'Absolute cardiovascular disease risk and the use of the Australian cardiovascular disease risk calculator' , Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 49, no. 8 , pp. 471-473 , doi: 10.31128/AJGP-12-19-5174.

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Abstract

Background Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been traditionally guided by individual risk factors such hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia. An absolute risk-based approach is more effective. ObjectiveThe aim of this article is to outline the superiority of an absolute risk-based approach when compared with individual risk factor management for the primary prevention of CVD, and to elaborate on the derivation and use of the Australian absolute CVD risk calculator. DiscussionAn absolute risk-based approach is superior to the traditional individual risk factor approach when identifying which patients would benefit most from the prescription of blood pressure-lowering and lipid-lowering medications.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Nelson, MD
Keywords: Therapy
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of General Practice
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
ISSN: 2208-794X
DOI / ID Number: 10.31128/AJGP-12-19-5174
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© The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2020.

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