Ot­tawa team cre­ates new heart at­tack risk cal­cu­la­tor

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Science News -

A re­search team at the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa in Canada has de­vel­oped a new on­line cal­cu­la­tor that can pre­dict a pa­tient’s risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease. The new Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Disease Pop­u­la­tion Risk Tool (CVDPoRT) cal­cu­la­tor was val­i­dated dur­ing a sur­vey per­formed in more than 100,000 peo­ple across the coun­try. Data showed that the tool can ac­cu­rately pre­dict the risk of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion or death due to car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease within five years. Ex­ist­ing risk cal­cu­la­tors utilise fac­tors re­quir­ing med­i­cal tests such as blood pres­sure and choles­terol lev­els. The new CVDPoRT takes into ac­count var­i­ous other fac­tors such as age, diet, al­co­hol con­sump­tion, stress, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, di­a­betes, smok­ing sta­tus and im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus. The cal­cu­la­tor ad­di­tion­ally in­forms heart age, which is a mea­sure of the heart’s health con­di­tion.

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