Cardiac Risk Assessment


How the quiz is scored

Factors you can control

High Blood Pressure: The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association say that high blood pressure should be treated beginning at a reading of 130 for the first number and 80 for the second number.

High Cholesterol: If cholesterol levels get too high, it can build up on the walls of your arteries, leading to blockage. You can improve cholesterol by eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise.

Blood Sugar: Diabetes weakens arteries and veins, including arteries in the heart.

Diet: A heart-healthy diet can help manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Adopt a diet low in salt, fat and sugar. Emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry and fish.

Exercise: Try to get 30 minutes of exercise, 5 times a week. This can be as simple as walking briskly, playing basketball, dancing, running or swimming.

Weight: Carrying extra weight makes the heart work harder to pump blood through the body. Eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise can help you lose the unhealthy fat around your waist.

Smoking: According to the surgeon general, cigarette smoking causes one of every three deaths from cardiovascular disease. Stop smoking now. Ask your doctor for resources to help you quit.

Factors you cannot control

Some factors that make a person more likely to have a heart attack are beyond his or her control; those include age, race, gender and family history. Even though you cannot change these factors, it is good to know your risk.

Know the warning signs

If you are at high risk for heart disease or cardiac event, make sure you know the warning signs of a heart attack.

Heart-attack warning signs

As a network affiliate of the UK HealthCare Gill Heart and Vascular Institute, our goal is to enhance access to high-quality cardiovascular care by providing the right care in the right place at the right time; preferably as close to home as possible for our patients. Our collaboration with UK HealthCare provides cardiovascular-specific education and training programs for local physicians, nurses and staff to ensure the most up-to-date cardiovascular information is available to our patients as well as access to programs and services that may not be available in our local community.