Guidelines for the assessment and management of absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk
NEW: The first Australian Guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk are now available.
The guidelines incorporate and build on the previous National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) Guidelines for the assessment of absolute cardiovascular disease risk (2009) and consolidate a number of other evidence-based guidelines related to primary prevention of CVD.
Absolute risk is the numerical probability of a cardiovascular event occurring within a five-year period. It reflects a person's overall risk of CVD, as opposed to the traditional method that considers various risk factors, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, in isolation.
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. Special sections providing advice on preventing CVD for people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease are included where relevant.
These guidelines are an important step as they provide a single preventive approach to first-ever CVD in Australia. Clinical decisions based on absolute risk can lead to improved health outcomes by identifying people most at risk and directing the right treatments to them.
The guidelines were developed by NVDPA. The guidelines were released in May 2012 after approval by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Access the Australian absolute risk CVD calculator here.
Guidelines and tools for assessment (2009)
NEW Guidelines and tools for management (2012) (Clicking this link will take you to another website)
Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk Videos
The NVDPA* has developed five short videos to help you use an absolute risk approach in your practice (see below).
Each only a few minutes long, the videos feature leading absolute risk experts Dr Tim Leahy, Professor Rod Jackson and Professor Mark Harris.
Absolute risk videos (Clicking on these links will take you to another website.)
*NVDPA members: Diabetes Australia, Kidney Health Australia, the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the National Stroke Foundation.
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