The new Healthy Heart Score developed by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) gives individuals an easy method to estimate their 20-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on simple lifestyle habits. The free web-based survey, which can be found at https://healthyheartscore.sph.harvard.edu, also gives users practical tips for improving their scores by incorporating heart-healthy habits into their daily lives.
“Currently recommended risk models for CVD are harder for an individual to calculate on their own because they include clinical risk factors such as elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. These risk scores, which are mostly used in doctors’ offices, often underestimate the burden of CVD among middle-aged adults, and women in particular,” said Dr. Stephanie Chiuve, a research associate in the department of nutrition at HSPH and assistant professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “The Healthy Heart Score is all about modifiable lifestyle risks, which may increase awareness of CVD prevention through lifestyle interventions earlier in life, prior to the development of clinical risk factors.” Read more