Calculate your heart risk based on Life style, Blood pressure and Cholesterol ratio

The Heart Foundation has launched a friendly tool for its readers who can get to know about probability of getting affected with heart disease. The site Calculates your heart risk based on your life style blood pressure and cholesterol ratio. The same has been launched by New Zealand’s Heart Foundation.

Once you go through the site you will be asked about your life style. Smoking, diabetes and Blood pressure are the key factors out here to get a perfect diagnosis. Once you provide your blood pressure and cholesterol ratio a graph will be reflected that will show your heat age forecast. The link also provides you to plan a six week tailored heart plan for yourself.

You heart age
You heart age

Your heart numbers are two of the most important numbers you need to know because they give some insight into how healthy your heart is and the effect that your lifestyle is having on your body.

When you know these numbers, firstly, you can find out what your risk if having a heart attack or stroke is over five years – and secondly and most importantly, this information can be used to create your own Heart Health Plan. By following Your Plan you will be taking steps to reduce your risk, and improve the health of your heart

The numbers you need to know are:

  • Your Blood Pressure (BP)
  • Your Cholesterol Ratio (TC/HDL).

Brief Summary of the above two stated points is as follows..

Blood Pressure: Blood Pressure is a measure of how hard your heart has to work to pump blood around your body. There are many factors that affect this, for instance if you have a lot of fat building up in  your artery walls, they can stiffen and narrow so the heart has to work harder to pump blood through your narrower arteries.

Cholesterol Ratio: Cholesterol is a type of fat (called a lipid) that is found in your blood. It’s actually useful in helping your body function properly, but if there’s too much of it in your blood, it can build up in the walls of your arteries, narrowing your arteries and increasing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Read more on Myths about Fat

There are three main types of lipids that affect your heart health:

  • High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL) – often called good cholesterol because it helps remove cholesterol from your artery walls, reducing your risk of heart disease.
  • Low Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL) – often called bad cholesterol because it deposits cholesterol onto your artery walls, narrowing them and increasing your risk of heart disease.
  • Triglycerides: These fats are a storage form of energy for the body. However, high levels of triglycerides are associated with many diseases, including heart disease and stroke.

However for checking your heart risk using the Your Heart Age Forecast, you only need your cholesterol ratio (TC/HDL). This is calculated using your Total Cholesterol (TC) divided by your HDL.

Ideally, your results would look like this:

  • Total cholesterol (TC) – Less than 4 mmol/L
  • LDL cholesterol – Less than 2.0 mmol/L
  • HDL cholesterol – Greater than 1 mmol/L
  • TC/HDL ratio – Less than 4.0
  • Triglycerides – Less than 1.7 mmol/L

You can consult with your doctor about your cholesterol level and in setting a target level that takes your risk of a heart attack or stroke into account.

After getting the above two test reports please use this site to have an heart age forecast. Using your real numbers you can create your own Heart Health Plan to help you manage the health of your heart, and to help reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Just visit the site and have the experience. It’s really very friendly and gives you a full detail study at each step. The Heart Foundation has taken an initiative by designing this online tool. With the increasing death due to heart diseases really needs an awakening call. 

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