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Enhancing the Framingham Risk Score for coronary heart disease by addinginformation on working hours
  1. Michelle M Graham
  1. Division of Cardiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canad
  1. Correspondence to Michelle M Graham
    Division of Cardiology, 2C2 WMC, University of Alberta, 8440 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7, Canada; mmg2{at}ualberta.ca

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Context

The Framingham Risk Score is a widely used prediction model for the assessment of risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), which contains traditional risk factors (age, sex, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and smoking status).1 However, other more non-traditional (psychosocial) factors have also emerged as risks for CHD. The purpose of the study by Kivimäki et al was to determine whether the addition of working hours to the Framingham Score improves the risk prediction of this model.

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The authors used a prospective cohort of British civil servants enrolled in the Whitehall II study, which examines health behaviour, work environment and socioeconomic status …

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