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Br J Gen Pract. 2000 Feb;50(451):127-8.

Estimation of cardiovascular risk in hypertensive patients in primary care.

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Department of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol. alan.a.montgomery@bris.ac.uk

Abstract

Assessment of absolute cardiovascular risk is a rational method of managing hypertension. General practitioners and practice nurses were asked to estimate absolute risk in a group of elderly hypertensive patients during clinical practice. Risk was correctly estimated in 21% of patients, underestimated in 63% of patients, and overestimated in 16% of patients. Unless primary health care professionals use cardiovascular risk charts or tables, treatment decisions in primary care may not be made against realistic estimates of patients' susceptibility to cardiovascular disease.

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10750210
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PMC1313630
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