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Letters Assessing cardiovascular risk

Correction and transparency of BNF risk charts

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 09 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2330
  1. Rupert A Payne, lecturer in clinical pharmacology1,
  2. David J Webb, professor of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics1,
  3. Simon R J Maxwell, senior lecturer in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics2
  1. 1Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ
  2. 2Clinical Pharmacology Unit, University of Edinburgh, Clinical Research Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh EH4 2XU
  1. r.payne{at}

    The Joint British Societies’ (JBS) charts use a “traffic lights” system to emphasise different categories of cardiovascular risk.1 They were published in 2005 in conjunction with the societies’ guidelines2 and are reproduced biannually in the BNF.

    We recently observed that the green (<10% risk) area was missing from the charts for non-diabetic male non-smokers aged 50-59, and …

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