Lipids in the limelight: a GP's guide to cutting CV risk

Despite recent advances in cardiovascular disease (CVD) treatment and increased awareness of the causes of disease progression, more than 1 in every 4 deaths in Australia is associated with CVD.1 High cholesterol continues to be a significant problem in our community, contributing to 37% of coronary heart disease burden and 15% stroke burden.2 The rate of atherosclerotic plaque progression is related to absolute LDL-C levels, and maintaining LDL-C levels lower throughout life can help substantially reduce CVD risk.3 

Given the asymptomatic nature of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), it can be challenging for GPs to identify which patient are at risk.

In this learning activity, you will learn how to identify patients at elevated risk of developing CVD, as well as review current Australian and international guidelines to help you stratify your patients’ risk levels,