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Am Fam Physician. 2022;106(1):93-94

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Coronary artery calcium scoringCHD and CVD risk stratification to determine need for statin and aspirin therapy for primary preventionAdults with intermediate 10-year atherosclerotic CVD risk (5% to 20%)$10011

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk assessment can identify high-risk patients who are likely to benefit from pharmacologic therapy for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Additionally, it can prevent overtreatment of low-risk patients. Clinical risk scores based on traditional cardiovascular risk factors, such as the Pooled Cohort Equations, may overestimate or underestimate ASCVD risk.1 Optimal management is often uncertain in those at intermediate risk (5% to 20%).2,3

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