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What are the absolute risk web calculator and paper-based risk charts based on?

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The absolute risk calculator and risk charts are based on the prediction equation known as the Framingham Risk Equation. This equation has been tested for its validity and has shown to have good predictive ability. The systematic reviews for both the assessment and management guidelines compared the predictive ability of different absolute cardiovascular disease risk assessment methods. The reviews found that the Framingham Risk Equation was the most thoroughly tested method of assessing absolute cardiovascular risk (in adults not known to have diabetes or existing cardiovascular disease) and had higher or equivalent predictive ability compared with other absolute cardiovascular disease risk assessment methods.

For more detailed information see Chapter 1 of the NVDPA Guidelines for the Management of Cardiovascular Disease Risk.

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