Family history is important in estimating coronary riskBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7258.448 (Published 12 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:448
- John Younger, medical registrar
- John Hunter Hospital, Locked Bag 1, Hunter Region Mail Centre, Newcastle, NSW 2310, Australia
EDITOR—The new Sheffield table and its alternatives make little use of a cardinal risk factor that is easy to assess.1 A family history of coronary artery disease, especially when premature, is a powerful and independent indicator of a person's risk. Failure to include this element will cause these tables to underestimate the 10 year risk of cardiovascular disease and cannot be corrected for by simply adding …
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