Coronary heart disease remains the biggest cause of death throughout the UK and most of the developed world.
We know a lot about what primary care services can do to prevent it. There is good scientific evidence that we can help smokers to quit by giving them advice, support and nicotine replacement. For those at highest risk there is good evidence that we should offer treatments to lower blood pressure and to lower cholesterol levels. But is everyone who needs preventive treatment getting it?
estimates an individual’s probability of developing cardiovascular disease in the next ten years. For individuals who would be recommended treatment under current guidelines, the Risk and Benefit Calculator estimates their probability of benefiting from preventive treatment and it illustrates the benefits in the form of graphs.