What are your chances of experiencing a heart attack or developing coronary heart disease? If you’re over the age 19, you should be aware of the following contributing factors that may be proactively controlled or effectively treated. These key risk factors include:
- Lack of Physical Activity
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
You should consider the recognition of one or more of these risk factors in yourself a red flag and take the proper steps to accurately measure your risk of heart disease.
The American Heart Association (AHA) offers a free Risk Assessment Tool on its Website for individuals who have not been previously diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes.
Projecting 10 years out, this Risk Assessment Tool will identify the probability of you having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease within that time frame. Furthermore, it will detect the presence of a group of risk factors, called metabolic syndrome, that substantially raise your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
Once completed, you will be provided an action plan for reducing your risk, as well as your risk assessment results, risk factor summary report and metabolic syndrome assessment.