What is your risk of heart attack or stroke?

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019

Researchers, led by the DFM’s Dr. Doug Manuel, have built and validated an online calculator that empowers individuals to predict their risk of cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. Their process was published in CMAJ, which was selected as one of CMAJ top 25 publications in 2018, and the calculator is available at projectbiglife.ca. While risk calculators already exist, they usually focus on factors that require medical tests, like blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Alternatively, this calculator asks a series of simple questions that can accurately predict the risk of hospitalization or death due to cardiovascular disease with­in the next five years. As well, this calculator is better calibrated to the Canadian population, says the DFM’s Dr. Doug Manuel. The calculator lets individuals accurately predict their risk of hospitalization or death due to cardiovascular disease within the next five years, and can also be used by policy-makers to better understand population health risks and help plan for the future.

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