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ALVAREZ COSMEA, A.. The cardiovascular risk charts: A critical review. Medifam [online]. 2001, vol.11, n.3, pp.20-51. ISSN 1131-5768.

The global cardiovascular risk, defined as the probability of origin a new event in a definite period of time, is considered the best approaching method to the coronary heart disease; the calculating method, through the cardiovascular risk charts (quantitative method), has been very disclosed as a result of the Framingham research, basis of almost all of them.  The scientific societies in its recomendations for the coronary heart disease prevention, use the cardiovascular risk charts to identify high risk patients, which are priority at the moment of taking part over the different risk factors with drugs; however, there are different chart, and there is a controversy about if them are valid for population with low cardiovascular risk, as the Spanish; in this article, we intend to describe the most important risk charts, used variables, advantages and inconveniences, as well as its application in the clinical practice.

Palabras clave : Cardiovascular disease; Risk factors; Prediction; Cardiovascular risk.

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