Cardiovascular disease: cardiovascular risk

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The aim of this programme is to examine the evidence-base for primary prevention, thereby ensuring best practice in managing cardiovascular risk.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this part of the course, you should be able to:

  • List the modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • Provide advice to patients on lifestyle changes that may reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • State the risk factors for developing hypertension
  • Recommend first-line treatment for hypertension and alternative regimens if blood pressure targets are not controlled
  • Describe the role of lipids in the aetiology of cardiovascular disease
  • Evaluate the clinical studies demonstrating the benefit of reducing cholesterol on CHD morbidity and mortality
  • Outline the reasons why diabetes increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and how this risk can be minimised