Estimating cardiovascular risk for primary prevention: outstanding questions for primary care

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:991

In this article last year by John Robson and colleagues (2000;320:702-4), a couple of errors have just come to light. In the fourth paragraph the third sentence should read: “They [the Framingham equations—for predicting cardiovascular risk] are most accurate when using the ratio of concentrations of total cholesterol to high density lipoprotein cholesterol, and they correctly identify 70% [not 85%] of people who develop coronary heart disease, with a false positive rate of 18% [not 30%].”


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