NICE guidelines - a pragmatic approach to reducing cardiovascular risk, says British Heart Foundation

Draft NICE guidelines have been published today on measures to reduce people's risk of heart and circulatory disease.

Draft NICE guidelines have been published today on measures to reduce people's risk of heart and circulatory disease.

Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said: "These draft guidelines are a pragmatic attempt at dealing with the major killer of our age: heart and circulatory disease.

"Rather than embarking on any complex screening programme, we agree it makes sense to ask GPs to systematically check their patient records to identify those likely to be at most risk - and then invite those people in for an assessment.

"It is vital that this risk assessment is a partnership between the GP and the patient and that the patient can decide what is right for them. Many will appreciate the opportunity to reduce their risk by modifying their lifestyle or using medication like statins.

"Fundamentally this does not mean a 'statin for all'. It means patients being given the information they need to make a judgement about the steps they can take to reduce their risk: a sensible approach we would welcome."

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