GPs accused of BP complacency

Strategies are needed to help GPs use an absolute risk based approach for cardiovascular disease, an expert says.

Professor Vlado Perkovic, executive director of the George Institute, Sydney, says more than a quarter of Australian adults have hypertension but both doctors and patients have become complacent about managing blood pressure as a risk factor.

“The Heart Foundation and other guidelines have been recommending an absolute risk based approach for 10 years ... but the reality appears to be people aren’t doing it ... Blood pressure, which is probably the single