ARIC Coronary Heart Disease Risk Calculator
that includes Carotid Ultrasound Information
This risk assessment tool uses
information from the ARIC Study. It is designed for adults, 45-65 years old, who do not
have heart disease to predict a person's chance of having a heart attack in the next 10
years. To find your risk score, enter your information in the calculator below then click
the 'Calculate Risk' button.
* Note: Carotid artery wall thickness used in the development of this risk score was the mean of the mean measurements of the distal common carotid, internal carotid and carotid artery bifurcation, of both right and left carotid arteries. For measurements that were not available in the above listed segments, imputed values were used.
This means that on average
X of 100 people with this level of risk have a heart attack
or die from coronary heart disease (CHD) in the next 10 years. Your risk for coronary heart
disease over your lifetime is influenced by your risk factors, and by how well these are
Optimal levels of risk factors are: Being
a non-smoker, total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL, HDL cholesterol greater than 60 mg/dL, having
systolic blood pressure less than 120 mm Hg and not needing treatment for high blood pressure.
to find useful information about healthy lifestyles and risk factors for heart
attack, stroke, diabetes and heart failure.
This risk assessment tool is not intended as medical advice or to suggest treatment. The ARIC study investigators recommend that you consult with your physician or other healthcare professional for advice.
For details see:
Nambi V, Chambless LE, Folsom AR, He M,
Hu Y, Mosley T, Volcik K, Boerwinkle E, Ballantyne CM. Carotid intima-media thickness and
presence or absence of plaque improves prediction of coronary heart disease risk, the ARIC
(Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities) study. J Am Coll Cardiol 2010;55:1600-7.