How much risk do you carry?
Two things you must understand about risk:
First, you should know what your risk factors are.
Secondly, you should know the actual level of risk that you carry. What is the probability that you will have an event? (By "event' we mean: a heart attack, a stroke, or sudden cardiac death.)
We determine what level of risk you carry by testing your arteries and your genes.
Some people simply don't want to know their level of risk. If thinking about your risk makes you uncomfortable, then you should see the movie "The Widowmaker", available on Netflix. To view a trailer, click on this button and then scroll to the bottom of that page where you'll find the Widowmaker icon.:
Do you know your risk factors?
heart attack and stroke risk factors:
A risk factor is anything that increases your risk of having an event. (By "events" we mean heart attacks, strokes and sudden death.) Risk factors are the source of your risk.
There are two types of risk factors: active and passive.
Active risk factors make the artery disease worse. These are forces that actively contribute to the disease process by accelerating atherosclerosis. Others are passive markers for arterial inflammation but do not actually accelerate it.
These active risk factors are disease accelerators:
Although these risk factors are associated with increased risk, they do not accelerate artery disease. These are important passive markers for arterial inflammation:
Cardio-CRP, a marker for inflammation
Calcium in any artery seen on CT or MRI or X-rays or Mammogram
This is only a partial list. There are over 200 different risk factors for heart attacks, strokes and sudden death.
Have you been tested to determine the level of risk you carry?
knowing your risk factors is not enough
Risk calculators are based on the idea that we can use your risk factors to calculate your 10 year risk. Knowing your risk factors is important. But risk factors can never answer the question, "Do I have artery disease?" Artery tests can!