In the context of medical practice, it is always pertinent to consider what makes a given intervention worthwhile? The misconceptions on which such decisions were based, the ironic and sometimes ethical dilemmas which ensued and the challenges they still pose are amply demonstrated by the profession's struggle to formulate guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Whilst accepting that such decisions must ultimately depend on the prevailing circumstances (individual socioeconomic priorities), in the past such recommendations were largely concerned with modifying a composite of correctable individual risk factors, based on what was known about the relative risk reduction (RRR) likely to be achieved.
CYRUS R KUMANA, BERNARD M Y CHEUNG, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: What Makes an Intervention Worthwhile? Journal of the Hong Kong College of Cardiology 2022;8(2):41-42 https://doi.org/10.55503/2790-6744.1463