How to calculate your heart disease risk

December 21, 2013 5:37 PM

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How to calculate your heart disease risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women and nearly 800,000 Americans experiencing a heart attack every year. You may already be taking steps to reduce your risk, but how do you know if you’re doing enough?

In 1948, the National Heart Institute (now known as the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, or NHLBI), started the Framingham Heart Study to learn more about heart disease and stroke. The researchers followed over 5,000 participants in Framigham, Ma. throughout their lifetimes to determine th...

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