Heart Attack Risk Assessment

Updated:May 2,2016

Do you know how these controllable risk factors affect your risk of heart disease, stroke and metabolic syndrome?

  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • high blood cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • being overweight or obese
  • physical inactivity

It's essential that you measure your risk of heart disease and make a plan for how to prevent it in the near future. Use this tool to help you assess your risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease in the next 10 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 use by people age 20 or older who do not already have heart disease or diabetes.

After you have finished using the tool, you can print a copy of your risk assessment results, risk factor summary report, metabolic syndrome assessment and action plans for those areas you need to work on in order to reduce your risk. 

This risk calculator is not connected to the 2013 Treatment Guidelines for Professionals. Access the professional Risk Calculator.

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Q & A about the Heart Attack Risk Assessment

This risk assessment tool can be used by anyone age 20 or older who doesn't already have heart disease or diabetes. By age 40, everyone should know their risk score using this tool and should assess their risk every five years (or more often if risk factors change).

If you have a family member who had heart disease at an early age (mother or sister before age 65, or father or brother before age 55) you should know about your risk factors and be screened earlier than age 20. Tell your doctor about your family history and ask about your own risk.

Do not use this tool if you already have been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm or carotid artery disease. You are already at high risk (more than 20 percent) to have a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease in the next 10 years. Talk to your doctor about your risk of a heart attack or future heart problems.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, take the My Diabetes Health Assessment instead.

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