A variety of health factors indicate your risk of having a future cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke.
Age, hereditary factors, high cholesterol, weight, cigarette smoking, blood pressure, exercise history, and diabetes are all important in determining your risk for heart disease.
Calculate here your risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke and cardiovascular disease (CVD)
All of these contribute to information that your doctor needs to make an optimal recommendation for your care.
Apart from these, if a procedure is considered, your doctor will need to order a variety of tests that may include a chest X-ray, an EKG, lung function tests and urinalysis, as well as a variety of blood tests such as a CBC (your blood count), Coagulation profile (how well does your blood clot), Electrolytes (kidney function), ABG (arterial blood gas) and HIV profile.
- A heart healthy lifestyle is important in reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides, but sometimes even healthy lifestyle is not sufficient. Some conditions involving elevated lipids levels are hereditary and medications may needed to reach normal cholesterol levels.
- Some people are more at risk for a heart attack than others. If you are overweight, smoke, have a high blood pressure or diabetes, abnormal risk test results, and/or have a family history of heart disease, you are at a greater risk.