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HEART SPECIALISTS IN HEBBALABANGALORE Case-based learning: cardiovascular risk assessment Mr RF is 60 years old and presents for a check-up because he is concerned he may be at risk of heart disease. Objectives for the group to understand How should this type of request be managed What can be done to assess an individual’s future cardiac risk, and what can be done to improve the prognosis for those at increased risk Epidemiology and population health The presenter should ask the group to consider the concept of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the differences between population risk factors and those for an individual. How did the concept of risk factors arise Presenting symptoms and clinical examination What questions should be asked of Mr RF to begin the risk factor assessment 1 Is there a history of ischaemic heart disease or symptoms of heart disease 2 Has his cholesterol level been checked in the past What was itHas it been treated with diet or drugs, or both Has the level improved 3 Is he a diabetic, or has he had an abnormal blood sugar measurement 4 Is there a history of high blood pressure Has this been treated If so, how 5 Is there a history of heart disease in the familIf so, who has been affected and at what age 6 Does he smoke? How many cigarettes a day If he has ceased smoking, when did he stop 7 Does he exercise regularly 8 Have any cardiac investigations been performed before What were the results 9 Is there a history of peripheral arterial disease (claudication) or erectile dysfunction The group should appreciate that considerable information about risk can be obtained by asking simple questions. What physical examination should be performed
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