So there are things that your doctor will be able to tell you called risk scores. You type it into a little app, and you put in your cholesterol, your blood sugar, your blood pressure, the number of cigarettes you smoke a day, the age your parents were when they died, and your body weight. And you type that into an app and it says, “David, your risk of a heart attack in the next 10 years is 38 per cent. And if you stopped smoking and your cholesterol was lower, it would be 12 per cent.” So there are risk factor scores that are available to help guide people.

Professor David Celermajer is Scandrett Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiology at the University of Sydney.

Last Reviewed: 01/10/2020

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