Some Canadian researchers developed a new cardiovascular diseases calculator that can help you change your habits to lower the risks of heart attack and stroke. The project is based on a unique algorithm that calculates the cardiovascular diseases risk for five years.
This cardiovascular diseases calculator is meant to help individuals understand and change the daily habits that put them at risk of heart attack and stroke.
The report on the new calculator was published earlier in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
“The responses are more about healthy living as opposed to biomedical measures,” asserted Dr. Doug Manuel, a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Ottawa Hospital. “It’s more about what you can do yourself or how your community affects you, rather than what drug companies can do for you,” he added.
Hopefully, the new cardiovascular diseases calculator will help people better understand the risks of heart attacks and stroke
In comparison to older cardiovascular diseases calculators, this new one, as said Dr. Manuel, is interactive and adjusts the potential risks any time a person answers a question. The calculator estimates the risks of heart attack and stroke based on smoking habit, diet, or lack of physical activity.
Besides the before-mentioned risk factors, the calculator makes its estimates based on alcohol consumption, chronic illnesses, stress, ethnicity, education, the socioeconomic status, and the neighborhood people live in.
Dr. Doug Manuel hopes this new cardiovascular diseases calculator will help people better understand the risks of heart attacks and stroke that some daily habits can increase.
Now, the Canadian researchers are planning on developing new cancer and diabetes. However, a calculator for dementia is near completion, as we speak. Dr. Manuel hopes for more comprehensive calculators that estimate risks for every illness and condition.
In the meantime, the new cardiovascular diseases calculator is available on ProjectBigLife.