Most people are aware that smoking, lack of exercise, a high fat diet, high blood pressure and high cholesterol level compound the risk of heart disease many, many fold. However, what is less evident to work out is your risk profile if you smoke a few and do a little exercise but eat good food? What if you smoke moderately and do vigorous exercise? What if you are diabetic, don’t smoke do a little exercise and have had a lot of changes recently in your life? Imagine the complexity of working out your risk when dozens of risk factors operate in different variations and combinations- that is why often you hear: ”John always exercised and he a had a perfect cholesterol level, I just don’t understand how he had a heart attack”. The truth is, heart disease often results from many factors operating in complex ways.
There are of course dozens of free online tests which can give you an indication of your general risk from heart disease, including the one from the American Heart Association.
The Heart Health Analyzer calculates your risk from very low to very high risk pictorially on a graph based on a multi- factor analysis. Further, we recommend that you work with your physician (e.g. get a full lipid blood profile test annually) and use the heart health analyzer software to get a composite picture of your risk profile. We strongly believe that just knowing your cholesterol value is not enough. It is the composite of all critical factors that finally determine your risk.
In other words cholesterol value is an important risk factor but insufficient by itself to determine your risk.
The Heart Health Analyzer is an inexpensive and indispensable tool allowing you to perform ‘what if analysis’ on your personal risk factors.
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