Heart Disease Risk Assessment

RISK FACTOR ANALYSIS    (From the Heart Series - heartseries.org)


DIRECTIONS: Note your score for the various risk factors. Total your points at the end and find your risk band for predicting your 10-year risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) - angina, myocardial infarction (MI), death from CHD - in males older than 45 years,  females older than 55 years.

Risk Factor                   Score     Your Score
AGE    
Male 45 – 55 2  
Male 56 – 65 3  
Male 65 – 75 4  
Male > 75 5  
Female 55 – 65 2  
Female 66 – 75 4  
Female > 75 5  
     
HYPERTENSION (High Blood Pressure - BP)    
Never hypertensive; BP below 140/90 0  
Treated hypertension; BP average below 140/90 1  
Treated hypertension; BP average above 140/90 2  
Untreated hypertension; BP usually above 140/90 3  
     
SMOKING      
Never smoked or nonsmoker for 5 or more years 0  
Smoker for less than 10 years 1  
Smoker for 10 - 20 years 2  
Smoker for more than 20 years 3  
     
DIABETES    
Absent 0  
Adult onset, treated with diet alone 1  
Adult onset, treated with pills and/or insulin 2  
Juvenile onset, insulin dependent 3  
     
ACTIVITY LEVEL (aerobic exercise, at least 30 minutes per session)    
5 or more times/week 0  
2-4 times/week 1  
0-1 times/week 2  
     
TOTAL CHOLESTEROL    
Below 200 0  
Above 200 1  
     
LDL (bad) CHOLESTEROL    
below   70 0  
70 – 100 0.5  
above 100 1  
     
HDL (good) CHOLESTEROL    
Above 45 (female) 0  
Above 40 (male) 0  
Below 45 (female) 1  
Below 40 (male) 1  
     
TRIGLYCERIDES  
Below 150 0  
Above 150 1  
     
WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE    
Male more than 40 inches 2  
Female more than 35 inches 2  
Male less than 40 inches 0  
Female less than 35 inches 0  
     
STRESS LEVEL (personal perception)    
I don’t feel stress 0  
I feel stressed 1-2 times per week 1  
I feel stressed most days 2  
I feel stress everyday 3  
     
BODY MASS INDEX (Click for calculation link)    
Below 25 0  
25-29.9 – overweight 1  
Above 30 – obese 2  
Above 40 – severe obesity 3  
     
FAMILY HISTORY (heart attack or angina in sibling or parent under the age of 55 if male, 65 if female)    
No family history 0  
One family member 1  
More than one family member 2  
     
PERIPHERAL VASCULAR  DISEASE    
None 0  
History of stroke, TIA, claudication, aortic aneurysm, carotid artery disease 2  
     
CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE    
No known history 0  
Known plaque through calcium score, angiogram 1  
Prior MI or intervention (bypass, stent) 3  
     
DIET/NUTRITION    
 Vegan (no meat or dairy) 0  
Vegetarian (no meat) 1  
Eat everything, but no trans and minimum saturated fat 2  
No restrictions to what I eat 3  

Maximum total points – 38                                  Your TOTAL _______

RISK BANDS (Percent risk of having a heart attack or stroke during the next 10 years)

  • 0-4 - Lowest risk (less than 3 percent) - Heart attack extremely unlikely. 
  • 5-9 - Low risk (3-8 percent) - You are doing most things right, but you can probably do some fine-tuning. If you pay attention, you will live a long, healthy, active, and productive life.
  • 10-13 - Moderate risk (9-14 percent) - You do some things right, but you have work to do. Identify your risk factors and take corrective action.
  • 14-16 - High risk (15-19 percent) - You stand a good chance of having a first heart attack before you are 55, if male, and 65, if female.  If you have already had a heart attack, you are at high risk for a repeat performance.
  • Over 16 - Extreme risk (greater than 20 percent) - Unless you have a death wish, you have work to do. It will take time and effort to move to the lower risk categories.  Don’t bite off too much at one time. The process of change should be slow, committed, persistent, and permanent.       

(heartseries.org)
 

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