Absolute cardiovascular disease risk is the numerical probability of a cardiovascular event occurring within a five-year period. It reflects a person's overall risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) replacing the traditional method that considers various risk factors, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, in isolation.
Clinical decisions based on absolute CVD risk can improve health outcomes by identifying people most at risk and directing them to the right treatment.
Absolute CVD risk webinar - a practical update
Watch our multidisciplinary panel of experts have an interactive webinar discussion on absolute CVD risk assessments (heart health checks).
Guidelines and tools
Absolute risk calculator
The Australian Absolute risk calculator 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.
The Australian cardiovascular risk charts (PDF) provide an alternative to calculate risk in the form of printable colour charts to use in your practice.
Information for health professionals:
- Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessments - A Guide For Professionals (PDF)
- CVD Flowchart - A Clinical approach to absolute CVD risk assessment (PDF)
- Heart Health Check - MBS item information flyer (PDF)
- Guide to management of hypertension in adults 2016 (PDF)
- Strengthening risk assessment and referral pathways for diabetes and CVD prevention in the community (PDF)
Information for your patients
National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) Resources
The Heart Foundation is a member of the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA).
The alliance was formed to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Australia and is made up of the National Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Australia, Kidney Health Australia and the Heart Foundation.
The NVDPA has developed a series of videos to help you understand the purpose of an absolute risk approach in general practice.
Adopting evidence based practice for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases
A tool for health professionals to:
- assess and manage patient’s risk inline with the guidelines, and
- implement absolute risk into practice.
Absolute risk within our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
This video is for health professionals to assess, manage and understand absolute CVD risk for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.