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Heart Health Risk Assessment

As we grow older, we all become more susceptible to heart disease and heart attacks. But there are steps that can be taken to lessen your odds of having cardiovascular problems.

To learn if you are at risk for cardiovascular problems, take this quick and simple heart health risk assessment. It uses information from the Framingham Heart Study that can be used to predict a person's chance of experiencing cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years.

This unique cardiovascular tool was designed for adults ages 20 and older who do not have heart disease or diabetes. If you suspect you may be having a heart attack, seek medical attention immediately.

To find your risk score, enter your information in the calculator below. If you do not know your cholesterol or blood pressure, your physician can help you test these. Find a physician now.

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Total Cholesterol

Total cholesterol is the sum of all the cholesterol in your blood. The higher your total cholesterol, the greater your risk for heart disease. Here are the total values that matter to you:

  • Less than 200 mg/dL—"Desirable" level that puts you at lower risk for heart disease. A cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or greater increases your risk.
  • 200 to 239 mg/dL—"Borderline-high."
  • 240 mg/dL and above—"High" blood cholesterol. A person with this level has more than twice the risk of heart disease compared to someone whose cholesterol is below 200 mg/dL.

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High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL) Cholesterol

HDL is the "good" cholesterol. It also carries cholesterol in the blood from other parts of the body back to the liver, which leads to its removal from the body. So HDL cholesterol helps keep bad 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.
  • 40 to 59 mg/dL—The higher your HDL, the better.
  • 60 mg/dL and above—An HDL of 60 mg/dL and above is considered protective against heart disease.

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Are You a Smoker?

Select "Yes" if you have smoked any cigarettes in the past month.

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Systolic 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.

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Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NHLBI is not affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center.