Coronary Heart Disease

The major risk factors for CHD are well known and have been studied extensively. One way of studying these risk factors is to follow large groups of people over a long period of time, keeping track of their health behaviors and other relevant indictors, and seeing who ultimately develops CHD and who does not.

This tool is based on the thirty-plus year experience of men and women who participated in the Framingham Heart Study, which is probably the best-known study of its kind. It is designed to help you assess your risk of developing CHD over the next 10 years if you are between the ages of 30 and 74. It is important to note that the tool does not take into account all CHD risk factors-most notably family history-which may compromise the results. Another drawback is that it is based on a largely white population; however, some studies have indicated that the results are applicable to African-Americans and other non-white populations.

Before using the tool, you will need to know your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Total cholesterol level
  • HDL-cholesterol level

Like any assessment tool, a positive result does not mean you have the condition; it simply means you are likely to benefit from further evaluation by your doctor.

Please answer the following questions:
1. How old are you?   
2. What is your gender?
3. What is your total cholesterol level?

4. What is your HDL-cholesterol ("good cholesterol") level?

5. What is your blood pressure (Systolic pressure, top number)?

6. What is your blood pressure (Diastolic pressure, bottom number)?

7. Do you have diabetes?
8. Do you smoke?

EBSCO Information Services's proprietary interactive calculators provide general results based on input provided by the user that is calculated against measurements or formulas considered standard by various government agencies, including the USDA, CDC, and FDA. The inputted information consists only of single values (e.g., anthropometric data or activity levels) not detailed clinical information, and the results do not indicate or suggest a specific course of action unique to the user.