Scientists have developed an online heart health calculator that can help to calculate a person’s cardiovascular age and his risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
According to the study conductors, the calculator can predict the likelihood if a person will be hospitalized or die from coronary artery disease in the coming 5 years.
The test takes into account factors which involve an individual’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease and having a heart older than their chronological age. The members of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research believe in its uniqueness because of the number of risk factors it considers.
The risk factors range from social status, demographics, air pollution exposure, smoking, alcohol consumption, educational background, and even the sense of belonging.
Users also need to detail their ethnicity, levels of stress, residence status, and whether they have diabetes and hypertension.
The paper detailing the features of Cardiovascular Disease Population Risk Tool (CVDPoRT) Was published in the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Heart disease is the leading causes of death all over the world. The most usual kind of cardiovascular disease is coronary heart disease (CAD), where plaque builds up in the arteries which supply the heart with blood.
But most people don’t know they have the signs of heart disease until they experience a potentially fatal heart attack or an episode of stroke.
To develop the test, the researchers assessed data on 104,219 Ontario residents, who took part in the Canadian Community Health Survey from the year 2001 to 2007. The age of the participants ranged from 20 to 105 years old.
The CVDPoRT is developed with the Canadian population in mind, nevertheless, it can be modified according to other ethnic groups.
Dr. Doug Manuel, a senior researcher at The Ottawa Hospital and head author of the research, said in an interview: “A lot of people are interested in healthy lifestyle, but often we don’t have that health talk in the doctor’s office. Physicians check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but they don’t always ask about risk factors that could cause a heart attack or a stroke.
“We hope this tool can assist the people — and their care team — with better information about healthy living and alternatives for reducing their risk of heart attack and stroke.”