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Assess Your Risk of Heart Disease


Updated October 24, 2013

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An important key to a long, healthy life is to do everything you can to reduce your chances of developing heart disease - the number one killer of both men and women. And critical to reducing your cardiac risk is to do an objectively assessment of how high your risk is today, and of which risk factors you specifically need to address.

The following articles will help you with that initial risk assessment. Once you decide what changes you need to make to keep your heart healthy, you can find help reducing your risk here.

1. Assess Your Own Risk of Heart Disease

Cardiac risk assessment is best done with the help of your doctor. However, it is really pretty easy to perform your own estimate of your cardiac risk. This article tells you how.

2. Am I At Risk? A Quiz for Women

Heart disease kills more women than any other disease - but heart disease in women is not entirely the same as heart disease in men. Here is a quiz especially for women that will help you think about cardiac risk, and how to reduce it.

3. Should You Have Your CRP Measured?

Elevated blood levels of CRP (C Reactive Protein) is a risk factor for heart disease. While CRP measurement is being used more and more, its real usefulness remains a bit controversial. If your doctor suggests measuring a CRP level, here's what you need to know.

4. Should You Have A Cardiac Calcium Scan?

A cardiac calcium scan can detect the presence of calcium deposits in the coronary arteries - a sure sign of coronary artery disease. However, this test is not for everyone. This article discusses the calcium scan, and who may and may not benefit from having one.

5. What To Do If Your Cardiac Risk Is High

So, you've assessed your risk for heart disease, and have learned that your risk is high. What now? This article discusses the approach you should take - and the frame of mind you ought to develop - for dealing with that high risk, and reducing it as much as possible.

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