Great River Cardiology offers free online heart health assessment

Great River Cardiology offers a free heart health assessment on their website to help people determine their risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Those interested in using the heart health assessment can access it at www.GreatRiverCardiology.org.

“In the United States, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death,” said Abdullah Alwahdani, M.D., medical director of Cardiology Services at Great River Health System. “Most who die suddenly from cardiovascular disease have no previous symptoms. Because of this, it’s important to be aware of your heart health risks.”

Cardiovascular disease affects the heart and blood vessels that can cause heart attack, stroke, heart failure and peripheral vascular disease (poor blood circulation in the legs).

The heart health assessment can help people quickly discover important information about their cardiovascular health and risk factors − those health characteristics that increase the chance of cardiovascular disease.

The heart health assessment can:

  • Compare your actual age to your heart's biological age
  • Determine your 10-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Identify your 30-year risk of cardiovascular disease if you are younger than 60
  • Prioritize your most harmful cardiovascular risk factors

When finished, the assessment provides a report that patients can print and share with their physicians.

The heart health assessment uses scoring systems developed from the Framingham Heart Study, one of the most important public health analyses in American medical history. The study's goal is to learn why people get heart disease and how it evolves and results in death in the general population. This information has helped researchers find out, after years of study, how those who develop heart diseases differ from those who don't.

For more information about heart disease or help in understanding your heart health assessment results, call Great River Cardiology at (319) 768-1820.