Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for adult men and women. In fact, more women die each year from heart disease than the next four causes of death combined.
Knowing your risk for developing heart disease could be a lifesaver.
If you’re an adult 20 to 74 years old with no known heart disease or diabetes, the National Cholesterol Education Program has developed a tool to estimate your 10-year risk for heart attack and/or coronary death.
To use the tool, you will need your:
- Total cholesterol (normal range is 0 – 200 mg/dL)
- HDL cholesterol (normal range is > 40 mg/dL)
- Systolic blood pressure (normal range is less than 120 mmHg, prehypertensive is 120 – 139 mmHg and hypertensive is 140 mmHHg and greater)
It also will ask your age, gender, whether or not you are a smoker and if you currently are on any medication to treat high blood pressure.