GPs and patients underestimate CVD risk: study

OLDER Australians with established cardiovascular disease tend to underestimate their chances of a future event - as do their GPs, a study suggests.

Researchers asked 1453 general practice patients with a history of CVD to estimate their absolute and relative risk of an event within five years.

Just 11% correctly characterised their absolute risk as high or very high, and 70% thought they faced a lower or similar risk to healthy people of the same age and sex.

Asked to quantify their patients' five-year risk of an event, more than 70% of GPs incorrectly estimated it