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.

Are you a cigarette smoker?

Total Cholesterol mg/dL
HDL (Good Cholesterol) mg/dL
Systolic Blood Pressure mm Hg
Carotid Artery Wall Thickness mm
* See Note below

Carotid Plaque?
Are you currently taking any
medication to treat
high blood pressure?
Do you have Diabetes?

* 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 controlled.
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. Click here 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. (Click here)