Friday, 10 August 2007

Heart disease: Assessing the risk

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It used to be that doctors would give give generalized information on your health. Like your cholesterol was either high, low or average. Your blood pressure was high, low or normal.These days, patients are assessed using specific numbers, accurate data. Heart-health testing has become quite specialized, and risks are presented in percentages. Heart disease is no longer clean-cut -- there are a number of factors that each play an equally important role. Specifically, there are 5 main things that a doctor considers in his or her patients when assessing their risk of heart disease:
  1. Cholesterol levels
  2. Other illness, including diabetes and kidney problems
  3. Other risk factors, like obesity and smoking
  4. Risk of a heart attack
  5. Treatment options
To find out more about assessing your risk, read the full article.

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