Know Your Risk

Understanding a person’s individual risk for heart disease continues to evolve. Blood tests are the most common method of investigation, but there are various tests a doctor may order to better understand a patient’s specific risk. Stress tests can help measure the supply of nutrients to the heart. Imaging tests may give a picture of a blockage in the arteries of the heart. Even the electrical signals of the heart can be monitored to gain a better understanding of heart function.

If you don’t have active heart disease, blood tests can reveal abnormalities that may uncover a future risk for heart disease. The most common blood test is a cholesterol panel. The results from these tests are assessed along with other risk factors for heart disease such as:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Hypertension
  • Family History
  • Age

 10 Year Risk Assessment for Heart Disease

All of these factors are taken into consideration when assessing personal risk for heart disease. One tool doctors may use is the Framingham risk scoring. This scoring method accounts for various risk factors for heart disease. It gives an estimated 10 year risk as a percentage.

You can fill out the following forms to gain a better understanding of your personal risk for heart disease. Since this score doesn’t account for all the risk factors for heart disease, you will want to work with your doctor to determine your actual risk for heart disease.

10 Year Heart Disease Risk Assessment for Men-PDF version

10 Year Heart Disease Risk Assessment for Women-PDF version

Download or print the appropriate version or use the tool on the NIH’s Website to evaluate your Heart Disease Risk- click here.

Other factors that may increase risk for heart disease

  • Obesity or overweight- high BMI and weight circumference
  • Prediabetes
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Birth control when combined with smoking
  • Chronic stress
  • CRP- a marker for inflammation

Find more in-depth information on Heart Disease Risk at the National Institutes of Health website- click here

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