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What are the differences between the Australian risk charts and the NZ risk charts?

Answer

While both the Australian and New Zealand risk charts are based on the Framingham Risk Equation, you will see some differences in the Australian charts, including:
  1. The charts include values for systolic blood pressure up to 179 mmHg, rather than 180 mmHg. This is because individuals with a systolic blood pressure of 180 mmHg or more should be considered at increased absolute risk of cardiovascular disease and do not require risk calculation using the risk charts.
  2. A footnote has been added indicating that individuals with a total cholesterol level greater than 7.5 mmol/L should be considered at increased absolute risk of cardiovascular disease and do not require risk calculation using the risk charts. 
  3. The charts are categorised by diabetes status, rather than sex.  
  4. A note has been added that individuals with diabetes and age over 60 should be considered at increased absolute risk of cardiovascular disease and do not require risk calculation using the risk charts.

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