How do we achieve optimal cardiovascular risk reduction?

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Summary: Optimizing coronary heart disease (CHD) risk reduction requires the application of Clinical evidence to patient care, as well as the refinement of risk assessment. Clinical evidence indicates that most patients are not treated to optimal low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol goals. Despite the efficacy of statin therapy in reducing the incidence of CHD, many treated patients still experience CHD events. Targeting other lipid factors such as high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides may augment the risk reduction achieved by lowering LDL cholesterol. Refined global risk assessment can lead to more accurate determinations of absolute risk and to the identification both. of high-risk patients needing aggressive intervention and intermediate-risk patients who appear to be at low risk. Previous global risk assessment measures failed to identify a substantial proportion of primary prevention patients Who would benefit from therapy. However, revised guidelines issued by the National Cholesterol Education Program introduce new criteria for more precise risk assessment and advocate use of the Framingham scoring system to calculate absolute risk. Although intensified treatment is recommended for high-risk patients, cost considerations may limit drug therapy for some lower-risk individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)III8-III12
JournalClinical Cardiology
Issue number8 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 2001


  • Coronary heart disease
  • Global risk assessment
  • Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol
  • Statin therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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