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Australian absolute CVD risk calculator

The 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.    

Cardiovascular disease is largely preventable, with modifiable CVD risk factors accounting for up to 90% of the risk of myocardial infarction (i.e.  heart attack)1. 

In Australia, 64% of adults have three or more modifiable risk factors for CVD2. Risk assessments help healthcare professionals identify, prevent and manage low, moderate or high CVD risk to improve health outcomes for people in Australia. 

How is the Absolute CVD Risk Calculator used?  

The Australian CVD Risk Calculator estimates a person’s likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years. The risk score is a percentage and will place them into low, moderate and high-risk groups.   

The Absolute Risk Calculator is based on the prediction equation known as the Framingham Risk Equation, which has a demonstrated predictive ability.   

The risk calculator is used as part of an Absolute CVD Risk Assessment for 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, which is a regular check-up performed by your doctor. 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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