Many chronic diseases can be prevented by reducing risk factors, like unhealthy eating, low levels of physical activity, overweight and obesity, smoking, alcohol, and high blood pressure.
As a first step, knowing your risk can support a conversation with your GP or healthcare team about how to manage and reduce risk factors.
ACDPA members have created risk tests and calculators to help you assess and understand your risk as a starting point:
For health professionals, the Australian absolute cardiovascular disease risk calculator can help calculate absolute risk of cardiovascular disease by looking at risk factors that interact to increase risk.
The 2012 guidelines on the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk are being updated from 2020-2022 to incorporate the latest evidence.