The University of British Columbia has come out with an excellent tool for physicians to help assess cardiovascular risk and manage cholesterol issues, which is a free app which can be downloaded here.
This is a fabulous program which has a number of highlights:
1. Framingham risk score can be calculated with recommendations based on the 2012 Canadian Guidelines provided;
2. Statin doses likely to be required to achieve the target LDL are suggested;
3. There is a drug dosage chart which also shows the LDL lowering expected with all of the various cholesterol treatments at all of the available doses;
4. Statin Adverse Effect/Intolerance support – this is my favorite part of this app – you can enter characteristics of your patient that is not tolerating their statin, and the program will summarize relevant factors to consider, as well as make suggestions for a possible management approach.
Thanks to my friend Kwene for the heads’ up on this app!
Dr Sue Pedersen www.drsue.ca © 2013
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