Thursday, 24 May 2012

Australian Guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk

The first Australian Guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk, developed by the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) are now available. The guidelines incorporate and build on the previous NVDPA Guidelines for the assessment of absolute cardiovascular disease risk (2009) and consolidates a number of other evidence-based guidelines related to primary prevention of CVD.

The guidelines make recommendations for assessing and managing absolute CVD risk in adults aged over 45 years (35 years for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adults) who are without known CVD. Special sections providing advice on preventing CVD for those with diabetes and chronic kidney disease are included where relevant.

These guidelines are an important step as they provide a single preventive approach to first-ever CVD in Australia. Clinical decisions based on absolute risk can lead to improved health outcomes by identifying people most at risk and directing the right treatments to them.

Also available are :
* Management Guideline Quick Reference Guide
* Online risk calculator
* Guidelines for the Management of Absolute CVD Risk : Technical report
* Absolute risk videos
* Consumer resources

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