Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack?
What does your score mean?
Your score will appear in values from 1% to 99%. If your score is 5%, it means that 5 out of 100 people with this level of risk will have a heart attack in the next 10 years. If your score is 10%, it means that 10 out of 100 people with this level of risk will have a heart attack in the next 10 years.
Your doctor uses your risk score to help decide whether you need treatment to lower your risk for heart attack. Based on your risk, your doctor will likely suggest that you follow a healthy lifestyle, such as eating healthy and being active. Your doctor will also use your risk score to decide whether you need to take medicines. Your doctor may prescribe:
- Cholesterol medicine called Reference statins Opens New Window. Reference Treatment for high cholesterol depends on your risk for a heart attack.
- Reference High blood pressure Opens New Window medicine.
- Reference Low-dose aspirin therapy.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 10, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology