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Assess your Heart Health with Heart Risk Assessment Tool

Authored by Mohan Rao on 27 Mar 2015 - 12:10

Heart-Risk-Factors

Stress, irregular diet, smoking /alcoholic habits are some of the major causes for cardiovascular diseases, a common feature in the current day scenario. Majority of cardiovascular disease (CVD) are caused by risk factors that can be controlled, treated or modified. However, there are also some major CVD risk factors that cannot be controlled (given below).

Find out your risk using our Heart Risk Assessment Tool.  Just feed in the information for every question and submit, to get your risk score. You can also ask our in-house doctor, any health questions you may have, through our Ask a doctor online service, at free of cost.

It's essential that you measure your risk of heart disease and make a plan to prevent any heart diseases in the near future. Use the Heart Risk Assessment Tool to find out your risk of getting heart attack in next 2-3 years. It will also check to see if you may have metabolic syndrome, (a group of risk factors that greatly increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease), including stroke and diabetes. This risk assessment can be used by people age 18 or older, who do not already have heart disease.

After you have finished using the tool, you can print a copy of your risk assessment results, and make an action plan for those areas you need to work on, in order to reduce your risk. Below are some risk factors that can be modified to reduce the risk:

Modifiable risk factors: 
Though the following are some of the leading CVD risk factors which attribute to death, they are modifiable and can be corrected to save your life:

  •  Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Tobacco use
  • Stres
  • Raised blood glucose (diabetes)
  • Physical inactivity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Cholesterol/lipids
  • Overweight and obesity

Non-modifiable risk factors:

These are some risk factors that cannot be changed.  However, people in these high-risk categories should receive regular check-ups. 

Age:

  • CVD becomes increasingly common with advancing age. As a person gets older, the heart undergoes subtle physiologic changes, even in the absence of disease.
  • The heart muscle of the aged heart may relax less completely between beats, and as a result, the pumping chambers become stiffer and may work less efficiently.
  • When a condition like CVD affects the heart, these age-related changes may compound the problem or its treatment.

Gender: Though the risk of stroke is similar for men and women, a man is at greater risk of heart disease than a pre-menopausal woman. A woman’s risk is similar to a man, post menopause.

Family history: A family’s history of CVD indicates a person’s risk for heart diseases. If a first-degree blood relative has had coronary heart disease or stroke under 55 years (for a male relative) or 65 years (for a female relative), the risk increases.

 

 

*Disclaimer
*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.