Know Your Number: Cardiac Quiz

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To estimate your 10-year risk of a heart attack, simply answer the following five questions, add up your score, and compare it to the table below.

1. What is your age?

Age Points
20-34 - 7 (subtract from final score)
35-39 - 3 (subtract from final score)
40-44 0
45-49 3
50-54 6
55-59 8
60-64 10
65-69 12
70-74 14
75-79 16

2. What is your total cholesterol?

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Match your age and your cholesterol level to find your points for this question.

Cholesterol Age Points
Less Than 160 Any 0
160-199 20-39 4
40-49 3
50-59 2
60-79 1
200-239 20-39 8
40-49 6
50-59 4
60-69 2
70-79 1
240-279 20-39 11
40-49 8
50-59 5
60-69 3
70-79 2
Greater than 279 20-39 13
40-49 10
50-59 7
60-69 4
70-79 2

3. Are you a smoker?

Response Age Points
No Any 0
Yes 20-39 9
40-49 7
50-59 4
60-69 2
70-79 1

4. What is your HDL? (Don't know your HDL? Ask your physician.)

HDL Points
60 - 1 (subtract from final score)
50-59 0
40-49 1
Less than 40 2

5. What is your Systolic Blood Pressure reading (first number)?

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Systolic Blood Pressure Points
Less than 120 0
120-129 3 if you're on blood pressure medication, 1 if you're not
130-139 4 if you're on blood pressure medication, 2 if you're not
140-159 5 if you're on blood pressure medication, 3 if you're not
Greater than 159 6 if you're on blood pressure medication, 4 if you're not

Results

If your total score is: Your 10-year risk of having a heart attack is:
Less than 9 Less than 1%
9 - 12 1%
13 - 14 2%
15 3%
16 4%
17 5%
18 6%
19 8%
20 11%
21 14%
22 17%
23 22%
24 27%
25 30%

Click here to print this form and take it to your physician.