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Early detection and better treatment will reduce the health burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes in New Zealand.

In primary care, we have been refining the New Zealand Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Algorithm to predict risk more accurately in Māori, Pacific and Indian subcontinent populations. We are also using large, linked administrative datasets to identify risk factors that contribute to the greater cardiovascular and diabetes risk in specific ethnic groups. In secondary care, we are recruiting a large cohort of patients after a first coronary disease event across New Zealand, to characterise the clinical, genetic and environmental factors that influence patient outcomes. In combination, these projects will make screening more equitable, particularly for population groups who carry the greatest burden of heart disease.

By identifying the disparities in CVD risk factor management, particularly with co-morbidities (where people are suffering multiple conditions), we will develop more effective interventions to reduce future cardiovascular events.

Read more about the project at Crunching the data to improve Kiwi’s health.


Equitable cardiovascular and diabetes risk prediction: Better cardiovascular and diabetes outcomes in Māori, Pacific, and Indian subcontinent ethnic groups

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Updated CVD risk equations have been incorporated into the Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Management for Primary Care guidelines, issued by the Ministry of Health in February 2018:



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