Single risk factor focus leads to undertreatment

GPs are not using absolute risk to guide cardiovascular disease prevention, leading to under- and over-treatment, Australian research suggests.

Sydney University researchers found that GPs favoured individual risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels in CVD risk management decision-making.

Their study found there would be overtreatment of lower-risk patients (five-year risk of CVD event <15%) if they had