Risk Factors..........

By shoulders Latest Reply 2011-11-16 04:47:57 -0600
Started 2011-09-12 19:44:39 -0500

These are some risk factors for heart disease: Age: women- being 55 or older Men- being 45 or older. Family History of early heart disease. Smoking. High Blood Pressure. Low levels of Good (HDL) cholesterol. Moderate Risk…People withtwo or more risk factors are at moderate risk for heart attacks and strokes High Risk… People who already have heart disease or Diabetes are at higher risk for heart attacks and strokes.

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fatherofnard 2011-11-16 04:47:57 -0600 Report

hello everyone,
In my recent hospital stay for a full heart workup, the doctor left my charts in the room. Me being nosey i looked at them at the bottom of the blood sample work ups was a chart showing risks and a number I was given. It said high risk was anyone 5.0 or higher with a score 9.6 being someone 2x more likely. I was a 7.0 for developing heart disease. My family does have the history, my hdl was a 24, and i have sleep apnea. What does all this mean in simple terms? Does nothing i dochange or reverse these numbers? Sorry to ask so much but my cardiologist is booked to dec 16th and i am a bit worried. Of course the hospital doctor said nothing to me so, looking here for helpful hints.

HeartHawk 2011-09-12 23:20:04 -0500 Report

Yup, I always like the one that basically says, "Your risk of dying increases as you get older, lol! As Homer Simpson would say, "DOH!" I am certainly happy it is not the other way around!

MWmelbourne 2011-09-14 10:16:44 -0500 Report

I guess we need to remember to count ourselves very lucky to be in more developed countries. Infant mortality is pretty high in some places. Personally I probably would not have survived if born in any other place than Johns Hopkins Hospital. They was pioneering in techniques for premature babies back then, so it seems I started dodging bullets at a VERY early age ;-)