Interactive Tool: How Does Smoking Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack?
What does this tool measure?
This interactive tool measures how smoking—independent of other risk factors—affects your chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. The tool calculates your risk from the values you enter. The information for this tool is based on the Framingham Heart Study. Since 1948 the Framingham Heart Study has studied the progression of heart disease and the risk factors of heart disease. The data from this study has been used to make a risk assessment. This risk assessment was created by the U.S. National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), part of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The values you enter include your age and gender. The tool uses a systolic blood pressure of 120 Reference millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) Opens New Window, an Reference HDL cholesterol Opens New Window measurement of 55 Reference milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) Opens New Window, and a Reference total cholesterol Opens New Window measurement of 200 mg/dL to calculate your risk based on smoking alone.
Smoking does have a negative effect on both cholesterol and blood pressure. So if you smoke and also have other risk factors for heart disease, your risk may be higher than this tool says it is.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 15, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology