Are You At Risk for Heart Disease?
Heart disease is the number one killer in the US. It is also a major cause of disability. The most common cause of heart disease is the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It's the major reason people have heart attacks.
Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight, being physically inactive, age and having a family history of early heart disease.
Calculate your risk for heart disease using the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating Your 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack.
Last Physician Review - January 13, 2015