Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? - What's next?
If you are concerned about your score,
talk to your doctor about lowering your risk for a heart attack. You can make
lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or changing your diet, that can
substantially reduce your chances of heart attack. But if your risk is high,
your doctor may suggest that you start taking medicines to lower your chance of
having a heart attack.
Heart attacks and strokes can strike suddenly. Prompt treatment can save lives and reduce disability. Learn to recognize heart attack symptoms, angina symptoms, and stroke symptoms so that you will be prepared to call for emergency help.
This information was adapted from the National Cholesterol Education
Program and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a part of the National
Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
(2004). Risk Assessment tool for estimating your 10-year risk of having a heart
attack. Available online