CV absolute risk underutilised

Experts have warned that not following an AR approach means many people are over treated, while those who would most benefit from medication may be missed.

The study used a series of case studies to investigate how 144 GPs used individual risk factors — blood pressure and cholesterol — versus the AR of a cardiovascular event to decide whether to prescribe preventive medication.

Among patients with hypertension, 83% of those with a lower AR risk were prescribed medication, yet only 30% of patients with lower blood