American College of Physicians, April 29-May 1

The American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting 2021

Jones highlighted the steps needed to appropriately address an individual patient’s cardiovascular risk, including principles of shared decision-making, which is key to enhancing patient satisfaction with the decision regarding preventive therapies, and to enhancing patient adherence with the plan that is chosen. He stressed that the underlying principle is that the intensity of prevention efforts and the decision about whether to use drug therapy and lifestyle changes versus lifestyle changes alone should depend on the risk level of the patient. The steps include calculating the risk, personalizing the risk, and reclassifying the risk.

“Using the approach outlined above leads to better decisions and more targeted treatment for patients who are most likely to benefit from drug therapy to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease,” Lloyd-Jones said.

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