What is Absolute cardiovascular (CVD) disease risk?
Absolute risk is the numerical probability of a cardiovascular event occurring within a five-year period. It reflects a person's overall risk of developing CVD replacing the traditional method that considers various risk factors, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, in isolation.
|Watch five short videos to help you practice (see below). Understand the purpose of an absolute risk approach in general.
The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance* (NVDPA) developed five short videos to help you understand the purpose of an absolute risk approach in general practice (see below).
Video 1 - Absolute risk and what it means in practice
Access the Australian Absolute risk calculator
here. The tool combines several risk factors to calculate a risk score (expressed as a percentage), which is a person’s chance of having a CVD event such as a heart attack or stroke in the next five years.
These Australian cardiovascular risk charts provide an alternative to calculate risk (for optimal clarity and use, please print these charts in colour).
Guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk
The Guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk developed by the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance* (NVDPA) is the first of its kind in Australia. This primary preventative approach complements a number of other evidence-based guidelines related to CVD. Clinical decisions based on absolute CVD risk can improve health outcomes by identifying people most at risk and directing them to the right treatment.
The guidelines make recommendations for assessing and managing absolute CVD risk in adults aged over 45 years (35 years for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples) who are without known CVD. Risk assessment and management algorithms are provided.
The guidelines were released in May 2012 after approval by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
How to use an absolute risk approach in your practice
Learn how to adopt an absolute risk approach in your practice. Watch these videos that feature leading experts Dr Tim Leahy, Professor Rod Jackson and Professor Mark Harris.
Watch these videos that feature leading experts Dr Tim Leahy, Professor Rod Jackson and Professor Mark Harris to learn how to adopt an absolute risk approach in your practice.
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Frequently Asked Questions
*National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) was formed to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Australia. The Alliance is made up of the National Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Australia, Kidney Health Australia and the Heart Foundation.
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