Understanding absolute cardiovascular risk is vital in clinical decision making. Taking various risk factors into consideration and identifying those at increased cardiovascular risk can improve the health outcomes for your patients.
So how do you determine a patient’s cardiovascular risk? When do you decide to treat hypertension or commence statins? These questions are all answered by John Kelly in this month’s podcast. John is a GP at the Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Health Service in Northern Territory. He was previously a general physician and medical educator for the Northern Territory. In this webinar excerpt, John gives some practical advice and insights into assessing cardiovascular risk.
For more information, review the following resources:
- Cardiovascular Risk Calculator: http://www.cvdcheck.org.au
- The Heart Foundation has great resources, guidelines and tools