Cardiovascular risk 10 years on

It IS now accepted practice to assess cardiovascular (CV) risk factors in adults. The assumption is that people at high risk will receive interventions to prevent future CV events. To put this theory to the test, the Department of General Practice in Oslo has carried out a longitudinal study.

The 20,252 Norwegians in the study were born in 1950–57. Their CV risk was calculated in the 1990s using the Framingham algorithm, the Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation and the Norwegian Norrisk algorithm.

Ten years later the participants’ use of CV drugs was assessed. Treatment had begun in 26% of men and 22% of women. Drug use increased with age. People who had lower risk scores were less likely to be taking CV drugs.