Age may be a good indicator of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, experts have revealed.
The study showed that screening based on age helped in finding 86% of all first CVD events in the population studied, with a false-positive rate of 24%.
Using other forms of screening with blood tests and diagnostic evaluations helped detect 86% of events with a false-positive rate of 21%, yet the costs involved was much higher.
Lead author Professor Sir Nicholas Wald said: "This study shows that age screening for future cardiovascular disease is simpler than current assessments, with a similar screening performance and cost effectiveness. It also avoids the need for blood tests and medical examinations."