IDEAL Study: Our Service

IDEAL Flowchart

Patients attending pathology services for a cholesterol test may be invited to participate. Pathology staff will provide the patient with some basic information about the study and if they are considering participating, will apply a blood pressure cuff, measure their height and weight and direct them to a purpose-built booth for their absolute cardiovascular risk assessment.

In the booth, the participant will receive more information about the study and can provide their consent to participate. The participant will then complete a short health questionnaire that includes questions about cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking habits and diabetes status and some additional questions around diet and physical activity.

Once the health questionnaire is completed the participant will have their blood pressure measured three times. This is done automatically in the booth and recorded via a customised app and sent to pathology services to calculate the patients absolute cardiovascular risk score. This risk score and key risk factors are then added to the pathology blood test report and sent to the referring doctor along with treatment guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular risk.