Know your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes a variety of conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels, such as heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmia and stroke. The hardening or narrowing of blood vessels usually causes CVD and can restrict blood flow and cause plaque build up (called atherosclerosis).

Ten main risk factors contribute to CVD:

  • Unhealthy cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Insulin resistance
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Age
  • Family history of CVD

Know Your CVD Risk: Calculate your Vascular Age

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading – and often silent – killer worldwide. While many tests can help determine CVD risk factors, calculating your vascular age is one way to monitor heart health and make adjustments before CVD happens.

What is my Vascular Age, and Why Does it Matter?

Plaque build-up in the arteries (known as atherosclerosis) usually develops slowly over time and can cause no symptoms until a heart attack happens. In fact, researchers have estimated that 40% of U.S. adults without symptoms are at moderate risk of a cardiac event.

While your chronological age may suggest that you’re at low risk for CVD, calculating your “heart age” or vascular age can reveal the real health of your arteries and give early warning signs of heart issues. Research shows that when someone knows their heart age, they’re more likely to make behavioral changes to improve heart health.

About the Vascular Age Calculator

The Vascular Age Calculator™ from Everist Health provides an easy way to measure your heart or vascular age, then correlate that age to your risk of developing CVD.

By sharing your chronological age along with other information like your BMI, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels, the Vascular Age Calculator provides an adjusted age that reflects your CVD risk. If the calculation indicates those two ages are equivalent in nature, the risk of CVD is very low. But if your vascular age is much higher than your actual age, it can indicate a problem. For example, if your chronological age is 45 and your vascular age is 54, you’re at a higher risk of developing CVD.

In addition, your AngioDefender™ score can also be factored into your vascular age, resulting in a more accurate reading for better CVD prevention.

CVD Treatment & Prevention

Cardiovascular disease can be treated with a variety of medications and procedures depending on its severity. But if signs of CVD can be detected early, it’s much easier to prevent than treat.

  • Eliminate risk factors by exercising, eating a healthy diet and not smoking
  • Have regular blood pressure and cholesterol checks, and monitor your levels
  • Talk to your doctor about additional testing with devices like the AngioDefender™ to get a better grasp on your cardiovascular health
  • If you already have early stage CVD or have had a cardiac event, work with your health care team to form a plan involving medications, procedures or surgery to prevent another incident.

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References

  1. Improving Coronary Heart Disease Risk Assessment in Asymptomatic People Greenland P, Smith S, Grundy S. Circulation. 2001; 104: 1863-1867

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