Cardiosmart.org answers the question “Am I At Risk?” with the following explanation: Every one runs the risk of getting heart disease, and the level of risk differs from one person to the next, based on a number of factors. Some of these are things we cannot control – such as family history of heart disease, or genetic predisposition.
But the good news is that most are factors we can control – such as cholesterol levels, smoking, blood pressure, diet and activity levels – through lifestyle changes or, if necessary, treatment therapies in partnership with your cardiologist. And here’s even better news: By taking control of your heart health, you can greatly lower your risk of getting heart disease!
So, where to start?
The first step is to understand the most common risk factors known to be associated with heart disease, so that you can adjust your behavior to improve your chances of keeping or improving your heart health.
Some basic background information will help you, in partnership with your doctor, in preventing heart disease and improving your cardiovascular health.
They offer videos, tools and calculators to give you further understanding of your level of risk of getting heart disease, and then you’ll be armed with knowledge when you see your doctor. The online risk assessment tools include a Body Mass Index Calculator and a Heart Disease Risk Assessment and the videos explain in 5 – 10 seconds about each of the following topics: LDL, HDL, High Blood Pressure, Triglycerides, Smoking, Family History, and types of fat.
Another website that offers some insight in this area is Heart Healthy Online.com. Their Know Your Risk section has information on hidden factors for heart disease, information on tracing health issues through your family tree, defying your genes and recognizing heart attack symptoms.