Assessing cardiovascular risk a priority

Cardiovascular disease is the single largest cause of death in Australia. It affects one in six people – a figure expected to increase to one in four by 2050. 

More than half of Australians aged over 25 have cholesterol levels considered to be high, but many Australians’ CV risk has been underestimated or not assessed at all. 

NPS’s latest education program, CVD risk: guiding lipid management, promotes:

• Early assessment of absolute cardiovascular risk

• Discussion of cardiovascular risk with patients to encourage lifestyle changes

• Weighing up the potential benefit of a lipid lowering medicine for the patient

• Encouraging long-term adherence to lifestyle changes and prescribed lipid-modifying drugs Using a CV risk assessment tool gives a more accurate prediction of absolute risk than clinical judgment alone for people without a known high risk condition (e.g