Overview & Description
Coronary risk factors are those conditions or diseases that increase a person’s risk of developing coronary heart disease, or CHD. Someone with CHD has a blockage in the arteries that supplyblood, oxygen, and nutrients to the heart.
What is the information for this topic?
CHD is the number one cause of death in many developed countries. It is also associated with a higher risk of:
People who already have CHD and those who have certain conditions called CHD “risk equivalents” are at the greatest risk of having a major heart-related problem. A person with CHD risk equivalents has the same level of risk for a major heart-related problem as someone who already has heart disease. These conditions include:
A person’s risk of developing CHD within 10 years is determined by using information from the Framingham Heart Study. This 10-year risk is calculated from a formula that looks at the following:
The ATP III guidelines identify low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol as a key factor in lowering a person’s risk for CHD. Therefore, a person’s LDL level is a key part of the coronary risk profile.
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