Heart Risk Assessment

Heart Risk Assessment Quiz

This quiz and your results are designed to help you identify risks that may increase your chances of developing heart disease. The more risks you have, the greater your likelihood of an early heart or circulatory problem. After you read your results, visit the educational pages to learn more about reducing your risk and preventing heart disease.

1. Age (years)
2. Gender
3. Family History
Did an adult family member (parent, brother, or sister) have a heart attack or die suddenly at an early age?
Men : Before age 55
Women: Before age 65
4. Personal History
Has a physician ever told you that you have had a heart attack or have angina (chest pain from inadequate circulation to the heart)?
5. Stroke
Has a physician ever told you that you have had a stroke or have partially blocked blood flow to your head or legs?
6. Diabetes
Has a physician ever told you that you have diabetes (abnormally high blood sugar or sugar in the urine)?
7. Smoking
Do you currently smoke?
8. Aerobic Exercise
How many times per week do you engage in aerobic exercise of at least 20 to 30 minutes' duration (activities such as fitness walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, aerobic dance, active sports)?
No regular exercise program
Once per week
Twice per week
Three to four times per week
Five or more times per week
9. Dietary Saturated Fat and Cholesterol
Indicate the kind of foods that you usually eat.

High Saturated Fat Foods:
Red meats
Whole milk
Creamy dressings
Fast foods
Fried foods

Low Saturated Fat Foods:
Skinless poultry
Skim milk
Low fat dairy

Eat high saturated fat foods most of the time
Eat high saturated fat foods often
Eat high saturated fat foods some of the time
Usually eat low saturated fat foods
10. Blood Pressure
Indicate your usual blood pressure.
Below 130/85
130/85 - 139/89
140/90 or higher
Don't know
11. Cholesterol
Indicate your usual blood cholesterol level.
<200 mg/dl (5.2 mmol/L)
200 - 239 mg/dl (5.2 - 6.2 mmol/L)
240 mg/dl (6.2 mmol/L) or higher
Don't know
12. Height And Weight
Height: inches cms
Weight: pounds kgs
Check your answers and click the button below when finished.
Your results will display below.

Calculate Report

Your Heart Disease Risk

Your risk is determined by:
  • The number of risk factors present.
  • Whether a risk factor is moderately or dangerously high.
  • Whether you have already had a heart attack, stroke, or circulatory problem.
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Chart of Heart Disease Risk

Risk Factors For Heart Disease

Risk Factors = out of 10 possible

Your areas of personal risk are marked with an

Risk Factors You Cannot Control
Some risk factors for heart disease (such as gender, age, family and personal history) cannot be changed. Of those, the checked items below are the risk factors you have. Although you may have risk factors you cannot change, modifying the risk factors you can change will reduce your overall risk of developing heart disease.
Increasing age (men 45+, women 55+)
In the middle decades of life, the risk of heart disease is three to four times higher for men than for women. For both men over 45 and women over 55, the risk gradually increases with age.
Family history of heart disease before age 55
A family history of early heart disease increases the risk of heart disease.
Personal history of heart disease, blocked arteries, or stroke
The risk of a heart attack is five to seven times higher for people who have had a heart attack or stroke than for people who have never had an event. You can still reduce your risk greatly by being very careful to eliminate any controllable risks and adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Risk Factors You Can Control
The controllable lifestyle factors listed below are associated with a greater risk of heart disease. Even if you have one or more of the risk factors above, you can substantially reduce your overall risk by eliminating any risk factors you can control. Follow the links of any checked risk factors below to find out how to reduce your risk.
Smokers are twice as likely to have a heart attack than nonsmokers. By not smoking, you can cut your risk of a heart attack in half or more.
High blood pressure
High blood pressure (140/90 or higher) makes the heart work harder than it should have to. Over time, high blood pressure weakens the heart and contributes to heart disease. Reducing your blood pressure would reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness.
Unknown blood pressure
You selected "do not know" for the blood pressure question. The average person of your age and gender has high blood pressure and this was counted as a risk category when determining your total risk. Check out the blood pressure information page to find out more about this health risk and how to take steps to control it.
High cholesterol level
Too much cholesterol in the blood can lead to clogged arteries and eventually coronary heart disease.
Unknown cholesterol level
You selected "do not know" for the cholesterol question. The average person of your age and gender has a moderately high blood cholesterol and this was counted as a risk category when determining your total risk. Check out the cholesterol information page to find out more about this health risk and how to take steps to control it.
High saturated fat, high cholesterol diet
Eating foods high in fat and cholesterol can cause high blood cholesterol levels. Cholesterol can clog the arteries, causing heart disease. Eating foods low in fat, especially animal or saturated fats, helps lower or prevent high cholesterol levels and your risk of heart disease. Foods with low or no saturated fat such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes may be protective to the heart. In general, try to limit animal fats and saturated (hydrogenated) vegetable oils. Instead, use vegetable oils high in polyunsaturated fats.
Excess body fat
Being overweight or excessively overweight increases your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. If you are overweight, the good news is that even modest losses of 10 to 15 lbs. can significantly reduce your risk.
Diabetes (high blood sugar)
A person with diabetes has a two to three times higher risk of heart disease than a person who does not have diabetes. A healthy lifestyle, including weight loss (if overweight), regular moderate physical activity such as walking, and a healthy diet high in dietary fiber and low in refined foods, can greatly help lower the risk for heart disease.
Physical inactivity
A sedentary lifestyle contributes to a person's risk of heart disease. Regular physical activity can cut your risk of heart disease in half and help prevent or control obesity, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and high blood sugar. It will also improve your energy level and your ability to cope with stress.

Disclaimer: this product has been created for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or care. Since health varies from person to person, not all recommendations and guidelines cited in this product will be appropriate for every individual. If you have a particular health concern, contact your doctor. Always follow your doctor's recommendations regarding your specific medical needs.

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