I am
heartfoundation.org.au|Helpline 13 11 12

CVD risk calculators

Where to find and how to use CVD risk calculators

Absolute CVD risk is the likelihood of a person experiencing a cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke within the next five years. The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items 699 and 177 specify that the Heart Health Check must include a calculation of your patient’s absolute CVD risk as per the Australian absolute CVD risk calculator.

The absolute CVD risk calculation is based on the Framingham Risk Equation (FRE), and uses the following risk factors:

  • gender
  • age
  • smoking status
  • diabetes status
  • systolic blood pressure
  • total cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein (HDL) ratio
  • left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) if available.

Risk categories

  • Low risk corresponds to <10% probability of CVD within the next five years
  • Moderate risk corresponds to 10–15% probability of CVD within the next five years
  • High risk corresponds to >15% probability of CVD within the next five years

You might also be interested in

Why assess absolute CVD risk?

Why assess absolute CVD risk?

Key stats and principles of the absolute CVD risk approach ...

What is a Heart Health Check?

What is a Heart Health Check?

An outline of the assessment and an implementation flowchart ...

Templates for use with patients

Templates for use with patients

A CVD risk assessment form and a management plan, ready for download ...

Templates embedded in MGT software

Templates embedded in MGT software

Save time by accessing the Heart Health Check risk assessment and management plan via the MGT app ...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the Heart Health Check

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the Heart Health Check

Recommendations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults ...

Referral programs

Referral programs

A list of programs to help patients manage their CVD risk ...

More Australians die of Heart Disease than any other cause.

More Australians die of Heart Disease than any other cause.

More Australians die of Heart Disease than any other cause.

And the heartache lasts a lifetime. But you can help the Heart Foundation fund life-saving research to keep more families together....

Research Directory

Research Directory

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Baking recipes

Baking recipes

Baking recipes

Find heart healthy baking recipes ...

Beef recipes

Beef recipes

Beef recipes

Find heart healthy beef recipes....

For professionals: Guidelines for acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

For professionals: Guidelines for acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

Australian  guidelines  for  prevention, diagnosis and  management of  acute  rheumatic  fever and  rheumatic  heart  disease ...

Taking your medicines

Taking your medicines

Taking your medicines

There are many medicines that treat heart attack, angina, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart conditions....

Apricot & pecan muffin bars

Apricot & pecan muffin bars

Apricot & pecan muffin bars

30 minutes
Serves 8

Heart health information in your language

Heart health information in your language

A selection of heart health information brochures in a range languages...

How to volunteer with us

How to volunteer with us

How to volunteer with us

Join our volunteers and make a difference to the heart health of Australians....

Supporting SA cardiac patients and health professionals with free resources

Supporting SA cardiac patients and health professionals with free resources

Supporting SA cardiac patients and health professionals with free resources

We want to make it easier for South Australians to lead heart-healthy lives....

Clinical resources: Coronary heart disease and mental health

Clinical resources: Coronary heart disease and mental health

The prevalence of depression is high in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD)....

Physical activity after a heart attack

Physical activity after a heart attack

Physical activity after a heart attack

Discover what you need to know about being active after a heart attack....

Breakfast tacos

Breakfast tacos

Breakfast tacos

5 minutes
Serves 1

Q&A with Dr Caleb Ferguson

Q&A with Dr Caleb Ferguson

Q&A with Dr Caleb Ferguson

An education program to promote self-care for people living with atrial fibrillation (INFORM-AF)...

Hazelnut maple granola clusters

Hazelnut maple granola clusters

Hazelnut maple granola clusters

30 minutes
Serves Makes 635g. Serves 8 (80g serve – about ¾ cup)

Heart Foundation Walking

Heart Foundation Walking

Heart Foundation Walking

Learn more about Heart Foundation Walking and find your local walking group....

Q&A with Professor Levon Khachigian

Q&A with Professor Levon Khachigian

Q&A with Professor Levon Khachigian

Developing a new medicine for inflammatory cardiovascular disease...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: Heart Health Projects

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: Heart Health Projects

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: Heart Health Projects

Projects aimed at improving the heart health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ...

Returning to work after a heart attack

Returning to work after a heart attack

Returning to work after a heart attack

Discover how to plan for your return to work....

$2 million for cardiovascular research targeting diet, physical activity and mental health

$2 million for cardiovascular research targeting diet, physical activity and mental health

$2 million for cardiovascular research targeting diet, physical activity and mental health

Media Release - 23 June 2021...

Asian (Chilli, soy and sesame) dressing

Asian (Chilli, soy and sesame) dressing

Asian (Chilli, soy and sesame) dressing

What is heart disease?

What is heart disease?

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is the broad term for conditions that affect the structure and function of the heart muscle. ...

Leaving a gift in your Will: A lasting legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will: A lasting legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will: A lasting legacy

One of the most powerful ways to help support a future without heart disease is to include a gift to the Heart Foundation in your Will...

For Professionals: Coronary artery calcium scoring

For Professionals: Coronary artery calcium scoring

The National Heart Foundation of Australia Position Statement: Coronary artery calcium scoring for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in Australia.¹...

Workplace giving for employees

Workplace giving for employees

Workplace giving for employees

Your employer’s workplace giving program makes it easy to setup regular, tax-deductible donations from your pre-tax income. ...

Donation receipts

Donation receipts

Donation receipts

Due to end of financial year and the ongoing lockdowns in several states, we are currently experiencing some delays in processing and receipting of donations....

Seafood recipes

Seafood recipes

Seafood recipes

Find heart healthy seafood recipes...

Italian recipes

Italian recipes

Italian recipes

Find heart healthy Italian recipes....

Action Plans

Action Plans

Action Plans

Recovery is a long journey, so having a plan makes a huge difference. Using an action plan gives you a step-by-step guide to improving your lifestyle....