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.
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.
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 have developed a short statement on the 10 things to know about the management of Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk (2012).
The NVDPA also developed five short videos to help you understand the purpose of an absolute risk approach in general practice.
A tool for health professionals to:
This video is for health professionals to assess, manage and understand absolute CVD risk for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.