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How high are your risks of getting coronary heart disease within the coming decade? Based on data from the Framingham Heart Study, the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s ATP III cholesterol program designed a tool to evaluate an individual’s risks of getting coronary heart disease (heart attacks, sudden cardiac death) in the next ten years.

Please note that this tool is applicable to those above the age of 20 and all adults free of heart disease or diabetes. Individuals with established atherosclerosis (previous infarct, stroke or peripheral artery disease) or diabetes has a risk of more than 20% in next ten years. Therefore, this tool is not applicable for these individuals.


How high are your risks of getting coronary heart disease within 10 years?  

Find out by filling in the information below and then press “Calculate”.   

 

Gender

Male Female

Age

Total Cholesterol

mmol/L

Are you a smoker?

High-density lipoprotein cholesterol
(“good” cholesterol, HDL-C): 

mmol/L

Systolic pressure value:

mm/Hg

Are you taking any
antihypertensive drugs? 

No Yes

Notes:
  • Total cholesterol value: Must be the mean of at least two test results
  • High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“good” cholesterol, HDL-C) value: Must be the mean of at least two test results
  • Smokers?: You are considered a smoker if you have smoked in the past month
  • Systolic pressure value: Even if you are taking drugs to lower your blood pressure, you can still use the systolic pressure value recorded during your treatment. This is because “whether the patient is taking anti-hypertensive drugs” will be calculated separately when assessing risks of heart disease.

This tool uses the assessment scheme from the Framingham Heart Study to help calculate the risk of getting coronary heart disease in the coming 10 years. The rating system includes the following high risk factors: age, gender, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol value, whether the patient is a smoker, systolic pressure value, whether the patient is on antihypertensive drugs. During the Framingham research there was more data for total cholesterol than low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol, LDL-C), so the evaluation uses total cholesterol (and not low-density lipoprotein cholesterol value), making it more accurate and convincing. But please take in mind that low-density lipoprotein cholesterol is still the main treatment objective. The Framingham Heart Study helps evaluate risks of heart disease (heart attack, sudden cardiac death). 

 

Reference: National Cholesterol Education Program. Third Report of the Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesteol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III). Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating 10-year Risk of Developing Hard CHD (Myocardial Infarction and Coronary Death) http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/atpiii/calculator.asp?usertype=prof (assessed October 2010)

 


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