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  1. Interactive Tool: How Does Smoking Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack? - What does this tool measure?

    Click here to find out how much smoking increases your heart attack risk.This interactive tool measures how smoking-independent of other risk factors-affects your chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. The tool uses the values you enter to calculate your risk. The information is based on the Framingham Heart Study. During the past 50 years, the Framingham Heart Study has studied ...

  2. Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? - What does your score mean?

    Your score will appear in values from 1% to 99%. If your score is 5%, it means that 5 of 100 people with this level of risk will have a heart attack in the next 10 years. If your score is 10%, it means that 10 of 100 people with this level of risk will have a heart attack in the next 10 years.The U.S. National Cholesterol Education Program's (NCEP) recommendations for treatment with medicine are .

  3. Interactive Tool: What Is Your Target Heart Rate? - How can you use your target heart rate?

    Try to make physical activity a regular and essential part of your day. Start slowly and be sure to consult your doctor first if you haven't been active. For more information, see the topic Fitness. Source: McArdle WD, et al. (1991). Training for anaerobic and aerobic power. In Exercise Physiology, 3rd ed., pp. 423–451. Philadelphia: Lea and Febiger. ...

  4. Interactive Tool: How Does Smoking Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack? - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more. Smoking and risk of heart attack ...

  5. Coronary Calcium Scan

    Cardiac calcium scoring uses a special X-ray called a computed tomography (CT) scan to find the buildup of calcium on the walls of the arteries of the heart (coronary arteries).

  6. Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) Test

    A brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) test measures the amount of the BNP hormone in your blood. BNP is made by your heart and tells how well your heart is working.

  7. Congenital Heart Defects - Prevention

    Congenital heart defects generally cannot be prevented. However, you can reduce your risk of having a baby with heart defects by taking the following steps: Make sure your immunizations are up to date before becoming pregnant. If you have never had German

  8. Congenital Heart Defects - Symptoms

    Congenital heart defects cause a wide range of symptoms.

  9. Congenital Heart Defects - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for congenital heart defects may include medicines, heart catheterization, and surgery.

  10. Congenital Heart Defects - What Happens

    Congenital heart defects happen when the heart does not form normally as the unborn baby (fetus) grows in the womb. Heart defects may cause problems with blood flow through the heart after a baby is born.

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