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(From the American Heart Association)

At your age, with your high cholesterol, what's your risk of a first heart attack? If you have high cholesterol, figure your risk of a first heart attack.

Fill in your points (in parentheses) for each risk factor.

____ Age: Men Less than 35 (0); 35-39 (1); 40-48 (2); 49-53 (3); 54+ (4)

____Age: Women Less than 42 (0); 42-44 (1); 45-54 (2); 55-73 (3); 74+ (4)

____ Family History : My family has a history of heart disease or heart attacks before the age of 60 (2)

____Inactive Lifestyle : I rarely exercise or do any­thing physically demanding (1)

____Weight : I'm more than 20 lbs. over my ideal weight (1)

____ Smoking: I'm a smoker (1)

____ Diabetic: Male Diabetic (1); Female Diabetic (2)

____ Total Cholesterol Level: Less than 240 mg/dl (0); 240-315 mg/dl (1); more than 315 mg/dl (2)

____ HDL Level (good cholesterol): 39-59 mg/dl (0); 30-38 mg/dl (1); under 30 mg/dl (2); over 60 mg/dl (-1)

____ Blood Pressure: I don't take blood pressure medication; my blood pressure is: (use your top or higher blood pressure number) Less than 140 mm Hg (0); 140-170 mm Hg (1); greater than 170 mm Hg (2). I am currently taking blood pressure med­ication (1)

____ Total Points: If you scored 4 points or more, you could be at above-average risk for a first heart attack compared to the general adult population. The more points you score, the greater your risk.

 

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