Heart disease kills more men and women each year than any other illness. The most common type of heart disease develops from the build-up of plaque (cholesterol and other material) in your heart's blood vessels. This disease process is called atherosclerosis. It can lead to a heart attack, stroke, and other serious health problems.
Taking this assessment can help you identify your risk of developing heart disease based on your age, medical history, lifestyle, and habits.
You may not know if you have heart disease, because often there are no symptoms. To help prevent heart disease you need to understand your risk factors. Then, by learning to make healthy lifestyle changes, you can help lower your chances of developing serious health problems.
Before starting, you should gather the following information, if you have it:
However, you can still benefit from this assessment, even if you don't have this information.
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|Thomas S. Metkus, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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