Cardiovascular diseases represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, worldwide. Early detection and appropriate management of cardiovascular risk factors and disease markers in daily clinical practice may improve preventive strategies and reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.The EFFECTUS (Evaluation of Final Feasible Effect of Control Training and Ultra Sensitisation) programme was an educational programme aimed at evaluating prevalence of major cardiovascular risk factors among outpatients, and preferences and attitudes for cardiovascular disease management among Italian physicians in their routine clinical practice.This article provides an overview of the main findings of different analyses from the EFFECTUS database, which have demonstrated a high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, irrespective of the clinical settings and outpatient clinics in which patients were followed. Also, findings from this database suggest that more intensive clinical data recording was paralleled by better adherence to guidelines, and that use of electronic rather than conventional support for clinical data collection and registration improved accuracy in data recording, which translated into better management of patients at risk in daily clinical practice.
- cardiovascular risk factors
- cardiovascular risk management
- Global cardiovascular risk
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Internal Medicine