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Predict Your Heart Attack Risk

The Healthy Heart Score, created by a team from the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, is the best survey I have ever seen to predict your chances of suffering a heart attack.

You will learn your likelihood to suffer a heart attack, and it can teach you how to prevent one. Heart attacks are usually caused by an unhealthful lifestyle and are prevented far more effectively by lifestyle changes than by drugs. A healthful lifestyle can prevent more than 80 percent of heart attacks (Circulation, 2008, 118(9):947-54) and 50 percent of strokes (Circulation, 2010, 121(9):586-613). Getting your night-time blood pressure below 120/80 mmHg, your total cholesterol below 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood, avoiding smoking, and preventing diabetes protects against heart attacks (N Engl J Med, 2000. 343(9):16-22).

This survey collects your data on height and weight, level of physical activity, smoking, alcohol intake, and the quality of your diet (high consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains, and avoidance of sugar-sweetened beverages, sugar added and fried foods and red and processed meats) to predict your risk.

Checked  8/2/18

December 14th, 2014
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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