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Family history is important in estimating coronary risk

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 12 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:448
  1. John Younger, medical registrar
  1. 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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