How Is A Person's Risk Of Developing CHD Estimated?
The CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) risk calculation is based on a scoring system that grew out of the Framingham Heart Study. A person's risk (chance) of developing CHD in the next 10 years is calculated based on the cholesterol level as well as other non-cholesterol risk factors. The non-cholesterol risk factors are classified as highest risk factors, major risk factors, and other risk factors.
The following classification is modified from the new
NCEP guidelines published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (2001).
The major risk factors include:
Individuals with any one of the highest risk factors have the highest
CHD risk. More than 20 out of 100 in this group might develop CHD or a recurrent
CHD event such as a heart attack within 10 years (i.e., they have a 10-year CHD
risk of >20%).
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