Assess Your Risk for Heart Attack
Age and gender. The number of people affected by heart disease increases with age in men after age 45 and in women after age 55.
Smoker. Quitting smoking may be the most important step you can take to reduce your risk.
Systolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure is the first number of your blood pressure reading. For example, if your reading is 120/80 (120 over 80), your systolic blood pressure is 120.
Blood pressure medicine. Medicines used to treat high blood pressure include diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and direct renin inhibitors.
HDL cholesterol. HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, is the “good” cholesterol because it helps prevent cholesterol from building up in your arteries. The higher your HDL, the better. An HDL of less than 40 mg/dL (in men) or less than 50 mg/dL (for women) puts you at major risk of heart attack.
Total cholesterol. Total cholesterol is the sum of all the cholesterol in your blood. The higher your total cholesterol, the greater your risk for heart disease.
Check out your risk for heart attack with this interactive assessment.