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New tool for calculating CVD risk in Australian Indigenous populations

Date posted: 30 August 2017

new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology provides an evidence-based tool for calculating cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in Australian Indigenous populations. The study found that the Framingham cardiovascular disease (CVD) model significantly underestimated CVD risk by around a third for an Indigenous cohort from Far North Queensland. The study recalibrates the Framingham model to more accurately reflect CVD risk and provides a chart which can be used to estimate 5 year CVD risk based on a range of factors including age, sex, blood pressure and lipid levels.

The published findings, risk chart and calculator are freely accessible. A recent article on the social journalism website, Croakey, provides more background to the research.

Source: Croakey, Philip Clarke


Professor Philip Clarke
Director, Centre for Health Policy
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street
The University of Melbourne Vic 3010


Last updated: 4 September 2017
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