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Absolute cardiovascular disease risk and lipid-lowering therapy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Raymond W Lovett
Med J Aust 2018; 209 (8): 368-370. || doi: 10.5694/mja18.00836
Published online: 15 October 2018

We agree with Schultz that most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are not at high absolute risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD); 1.1% of those aged 18–24 years and 4.7% of those aged 25–34 years are at high risk. Our central point is that this risk profile is not seen in the non-Indigenous population until 20 years later; that is, the risk levels among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 25–34 years are similar to the levels among non-Indigenous Australians at 45–54 years.1

  • Raymond W Lovett1,2

  • 1 National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
  • 2 Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, ACT

Correspondence: raymond.lovett@anu.edu.au

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