Jun 28th 2018
New!! CVD Risk Assessment and Management Guidelines for Primary Care
The Ministry of Health has published new cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management guidelines for primary care. For Māori, Pacific and South Asian populations, and people with known significant CVD risk factors, risk assessment is now recommended to begin in men aged 30 years and in women aged 40 years, 15 years earlier than other population groups. South-Asian peoples include: Indian, Fijian Indian, Sri Lankan, Afghani, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Pakistani and Tibetan groups.
Morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be one of the largest burdens of disease for New Zealanders. More people are surviving acute cardiac events, and there have been advances in preventing and treating CVD. However, it is still responsible for 40 per cent of deaths (often premature and preventable) in New Zealand. In the last two years significant work has been undertaken to develop new equations for primary prevention, based specifically on the New Zealand population using PREDICT cohort data.