Knowing your personal risk is the first step in identifying what you need to do to prevent heart disease. A wide variety of things can increase your risk of developing heart disease – some of which you can change, and some you can’t.
There are some things that you can do that may help, depending on your risk factors:
Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and whether you need any medical tests to evaluate your risk of developing heart disease.
Did you know that once you know your risk factors, it’s possible to estimate your chances of developing some form of heart disease in the next 10 years? The calculation is based on information from the Framingham Heart Study. This large research study, which started in 1948, looked at risk factors for heart disease in people from the town of Framingham, Massachusetts. They studied the impact of each risk factor and came up with a method of estimating heart disease risk based on these risk factors.
Heart disease doesn’t happen overnight. It can take years for the risks associated with cholesterol to turn into a heart attack or stroke. And the more risk factors you have, the higher your risk.
To find out your 10-year risk of developing heart disease, try our target cholesterol levels and heart disease risk calculator, which is based on the results of the Framingham Heart Study. Be sure to discuss the results with your doctor. You can also ask your doctor to calculate your heart disease risk for you. Knowing your 10-year risk of developing heart disease can help you and your doctor decide on a treatment plan and set treatment goals.
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