Frequently asked questions

Why assess absolute risk?
What resources are available on absolute cardiovascular disease risk?
How do I use the NVDPA assessment calculator?
For calculation of absolute risk, should current (treated) blood pressure be used or previous (untreated) blood pressure?
If a patient has recently stopped smoking (within the last month or so), are they assessed as smokers or non-smokers?
If a patient considers themselves ‘transgender’, what gender should be used for absolute risk assessment?
How were the NVDPA Guidelines for absolute cardiovascular disease risk developed?
What are the absolute risk web calculator and paper-based risk charts based on?
What is the Framingham Risk Equation?
How is absolute risk different to relative risk?
The initial NVDPA guidelines (2009) recommend assessment for all adults between the ages of 45 years and 74 ( from 35 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults). What about people outside this age range?
Why are some cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as family history, not included in the assessment?
How should the absolute risk score be interpreted for diverse ethnic groups?
Why isn’t diastolic blood pressure used in the absolute risk calculator?
What are the differences between the Australian risk charts and the NZ risk charts?
Now that I’ve assessed absolute risk, how do I manage it?

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