Low-risk CVD patients need fewer checks

People deemed to be at very low risk of cardiovascular disease could be reassessed just once every 19 years, a study suggests.

Australian and Japanese researchers found very few people at the lowest baseline risk progressed to a risk level warranting treatment over the following two decades.

Even those at intermediate baseline risk (10-15% on the Framingham risk score) could be screened less often than currently recommended, the study found: just 6% would progress to needing treatment within three years of initial assessment.