Heart Risk Assessment
Determine your risk of developing significant coronary heart disease within the next ten years based on your age, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and other risk factors by completing the Framingham Risk Score questionnaire below.
Before using the tool, you will need to know your:
- Blood pressure
Systolic blood pressure is the first number of your blood pressure reading. For example, if your reading is 120/80 (120 over 80), your systolic blood pressure is 120.
- Total cholesterol level
Total cholesterol level is a measure of the cholesterol in your blood. The higher your total cholesterol, the greater your risk for heart disease (there are some exceptions to this rule, please consult with your healthcare provider if you have questions). Here are the total values that matter to you:
- Less than 200 mg/dL: "Desirable" blood cholesterol level (healthy) that puts you at lower risk for heart disease. A cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or greater increases your risk.
- 200 to 238 mg/dL: "Borderline-high" blood cholesterol level.
- 239 mg/dL and above: "High" blood cholesterol level (unhealthy).
- HDL-cholesterol level
HDL cholesterol (high density lipoproteins) is the "good" cholesterol. HDL carry cholesterol in the blood from other parts of the body back to the liver, which leads to its removal from the body. So HDL help keep cholesterol from building up in the walls of the arteries. Here are the HDL cholesterol levels that matter to you:
- Less than 40 mg/dL: A major risk factor for heart disease (unhealthy).
- 40 and above: An HDL of 40 mg/dL and above is considered healthy.
Like any assessment tool, a positive result does not mean you have the condition; it simply means you are likely to benefit from further evaluation by your physician.
This tool is designed for adults aged 30 and older who do not have heart disease or diabetes.
If you do not know your blood pressure, cholesterol or HDL levels, please consider scheduling a Heart Smart cardiac screening test today. This comprehensive package includes a heart scan, blood pressure check, cholesterol and blood sugar screening. A doctor's order is not needed. Please call (331) 221-2273 or click here for more information.
Despite recent progress in reducing mortality associated with coronary heart disease (CHD), it is still the number one cause of death in the United States. The major risk factors for CHD are well known and have been studied extensively. One way of studying these risk factors is to follow large groups of Americans over a long period of time, keeping track of their health behaviors and other relevant indicators, and seeing who ultimately develops CHD and who does not.
This tool is based on the 30-plus year experience of men and women who participated in the Framingham Heart Study, which is probably the best-known study of its kind. It is designed to help you assess your risk of developing CHD over the next 10 years if you are between the ages of 30 and 74. It is important to note that the tool does not take into account all CHD risk factors (most notably family history), which may compromise the results. Another drawback is that it is based on a largely white population; however, some studies have indicated that the results are applicable to African-Americans and other non-white populations.