New CVD guidelines a ‘missed opportunity’ for optimal risk reduction, says cardiologist

Dr Prasanna Venkataraman said lipid and blood pressure targets would help GPs, but the guideline authors pointed to 'uncertainty' about specific thresholds.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Prasanna Venkataraman
Dr Prasanna Venkataraman.

The absence of lipid- and blood pressure–lowering targets in the new CVD prevention guidelines represents a “missed opportunity” for optimal risk reduction, says a leading cardiologist. 

Dr Prasanna Venkataraman, from St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, has welcomed the addition of coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring but believes the recommendations for its use were “very cautious”.