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Heart Disease Risk Assessment Quiz

The following factors may increase your risk for heart disease. Check all the items in the quiz that apply to you. If you check two or more boxes, see a healthcare provider for a complete assessment of your risks. (Quiz courtesy of the American Heart Association.)



1. Your age may increase your risk if…
  • You are a man over 45 years old.
  • You are a woman over 55 years old, or you have passed menopause or had your ovaries removed and are not taking estrogen.


2. Your famly history may increase your risk if…
  • Your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55 or your mother or sister had one before age 65.
  • You have a close blood relative who had a stroke.


3. Cigarette and tobacco smoke increases your risk if…
  • You smoke, or live or work with people who smoke every day.


4. Diabetes increases your risk if…
  • You have diabetes or a fasting blood sugar of 126mg/dL or higher, or you need medicine to control your blood sugar.


5. Your blood pressure may increase your risk if…
  • Your blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or higher, or you've been told that your blood pressure is too high.
  • You don't know what your blood pressure is.




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6. Your total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol levels may increase your risk if…
  • Your total cholesterol level is 240 mg/dL or higher.
  • Your HDL ("good") cholesterol level is less than 35 mg/dL.
  • You don't know your total cholesterol or HDL levels.


7. Physical inactivity may increase your risk if…
  • You get less than a total of 30 minutes of physical activity on most days.


8. Excess body weight may increase your risk if…
  • You are 20 pounds or more overweight for your height and build.


9. Your medical history may increase your risk if…
  • You have coronary artery disease, or you've had a heart attack.
  • You've been told that you have carotid artery disease, or you've had a stroke, or you have a disease of the leg arteries.





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