What Puts You at Risk of Coronary Heart Disease?
A number of risk factors associated with coronary heart disease have been identified and the risk can be calculated on a computer model using your blood test results combined with your lifestyle and other physical factors as shown below.
overweight, smoking, age-related e.g. males over 45 & females after menopause, inactivity & lack of exercise, high stress, family history, high blood pressure, high glucose, high “bad” cholesterol (LDL), low “good cholesterol” (HDL), high triglycerides (TRG).
Many of these factors are in your control and if after testing your risk factor is high then a plan can be devised to reduce your risk factors to acceptable levels.
The computer model can work out various scenarios like what would happen if I gave up smoking? reduced my blood pressure by changing my lifestyle? by changing my diet? etc.