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At a glance factsheet: Lipids, cardiovascular risk and treatment targets

Jane Diggle
This factsheet from the At a Glance series looks at how to calculate cardiovascular risk, measuring lipids and what the guidance says about treatment targets.

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2. NHS (2021) Summary of National Guidance for Lipid Management for Primary and Secondary Prevention of cardiovascular disease. Available at: (accessed 24.06.22)

3. European Society of Cardiology (2021) ESC Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention in clinical practice. Eur Heart J 42: 3227–37

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5. NHS England (2021) Quality and Outcomes Framework guidance for 2021/22. Available at: (accessed 24.06.22)

6. Joint British Societies for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (2022) JBS3 Risk Calculator. Available at: (accessed 24.06.22)

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