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Software to help GPs assess risk of heart disease

New computer software that enables GPs to more accurately assess which patients are most at risk of developing heart disease has been released for clinical use. QRISK2 uses a new cardiovascular disease (CVD) equation to estimate an individual’s risk of developing the heart condition over the next 10 years and draws on analysis of 15 years’ worth of real primary care data from the UK. The QRISK2 software is the result of research using QResearch, a not-for-profit partnership between The University of Nottingham and leading primary care system supplier EMIS, which has created a database of anonymous data taken from the health records of more than four million patients. Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Queen Mary and from Bristol and Medway Primary Care Trusts also supported the project. The release of the software follows an independent validation of the QRISK2 formula in a Department of Health-funded study

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