What do you know about your cardiovascular disease risk? Well, there’s never been a better time to learn.
The American Heart Association is taking a novel approach to assessing cardiovascular disease risk (CVD) with its PREVENT (Predicting Risk of cardiovascular disease EVENTs) risk calculator, which the organization unveiled today in its journal Circulation. The calculator can estimate 10- and 30-year risk of cardiovascular disease and heart failure for people ages 30 to 79. It is designed to help patients and their doctors have honest and informed decisions about risk and prevention.
The updated algorithms for PREVENT are based on data from more than six million adults in the United States. Those individuals represent a diverse range of people across ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The risk calculator also distinctly measures CVD risks across biological sexes, incorporating new research findings specific to women.