Updated risk model helps doctors predict and prevent cardiovascular disease

The original risk model – SCORE (Systematic COronary Risk Evaluation) – was focused solely on predicting and preventing mortality, using data from the 1980s.

But now more people survive heart attacks and strokes than die from them, especially younger people, so the researchers wanted to show the absolute risk scores of people having non-fatal as well as fatal CVD within 10 years, using data from dozens of countries.

This updated model – SCORE2 – looked at data from 700,000 mainly middle-aged participants to develop risk prediction models tailored for use in European countries.

SCORE2 has been adopted by the European Guidelines on CVD Prevention in Clinical Practice.

This is an abridged version of the article first published on our website on 15 August 2021.

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