Ottawa team creates new heart attack risk calculator
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.