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
To see how your risk compares to the average risk in the ARIC population among persons of your age, race, gender and diabetes status, click on the heart-shaped button to the right.
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:
Chambless LE, Folsom AR, Sharrett AR, Sorlie P, Couper D, Szklo M, Nieto FJ. Coronary heart disease risk prediction in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. J Clin Epidemiol. 2003 Sep;56(9):880-90. (Click here)
Aaron R. Folsom, Lloyd E Chambless, Bruce B. Duncan, Adam C. Gilbert, James S. Pankow, and the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study Investigators. Prediction of Coronary Heart Disease in Middle-Aged Adults With Diabetes. Diabetes Care 26: 2777-2784.2003 (Click here)