Date Published: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Author(s): David Peiris, Dorairaj Prabhakaran
Abstract: In a Perspective, David Peiris and Dorairaj Prabhakaran discuss implications and challenges of cardiovascular disease risk assessments in the population of India.
Partial Text: Assessment of a person’s total or absolute risk of a cardiovascular disease (CVD) event based on multiple risk factors is superior to assessment of single risk factors when identifying who is at greatest risk of a CVD event . In this issue of PLOS Medicine, a study by Rifat Atun and colleagues outlines the use of CVD risk prediction equations for population health rather than for clinical purposes . This has inherent appeal because risk stratification of a population could be used to drive policy and health service planning, inform funding decisions around subsidising treatments, and identify particular subgroups for more intensive intervention strategies.