Table 1

Characteristics of a 55-year-old male patient seeking cardiovascular risk assessment due to a family history of premature coronary heart disease

Family history of coronary heart diseaseFather died at 52 years
SmokingQuit 10 years ago
Physical fitnessExcellent
Total cholesterol6.5 mmol/l
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol1.1 mmol/l
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol4.5 mmol/l
Triglycerides2.0 mmol/l
Glucose4.3 mmol/l
Systolic blood pressure1 58 mmHg
Diastolic blood pressure96 mmHg
Body mass index24.5 kg/m2
Waist-hip ratio1.0
10-year risk of ischaemic heart diseasea20-30 out of 100
  • a A risk chart froma Norwegian guideline for cardiovascular disease prevention was used to calculate the 10-year risk of ischaemic heart disease.19 The vignette was presented to 450 internists and 450 GPs