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Absolute CVD risk calculator

The Absolute CVD risk calculator estimates the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years.

The Australian Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Calculator helps healthcare professionals calculate a person’s risk of developing CVD in the next five years. It was developed in association with the  2012  Absolute CVD Risk Guidelines.    

CVD is largely preventable, with modifiable CVD risk factors accounting for up to 90% of the risk of myocardial infarction1. In Australia, 64% of adults have three or more modifiable risk factors for CVD2.

An Absolute CVD risk assessment estimates the cumulative risk of multiple, and sometimes synergistic risk factors, to predict a heart attack or stroke event in the next 5 years.

How is the Absolute CVD Risk Calculator used?  

The Australian CVD risk calculator calculates a risk score, expressed as a percentage, which is a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years. The absolute risk calculator is based on the prediction equation known as the Framingham Risk Equation. This equation has been tested for its validity and has shown to have good predictive ability.

Absolute CVD risk assessment, using this calculator, should be performed for all adults aged 45–74 years who are not known to have CVD or to be at clinically determined high risk.

This tool is a critical component of a Heart Health Check. The calculator  was developed by the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) in accordance with the national Absolute CVD Risk Guidelines.   

Use the Absolute CVD Risk Calculator


References

1 Lancet. 2004 Sep 11-17;364(9438):937-52
2 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011. Health determinants, the key to preventing chronic disease. Cat No. PHE 157. Canberra: AIHW.

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