Coronary heart disease (CHD) is very common in Ireland. Despite greater awareness of the causes of CHD, it continues to be the number one killer of both men and women in this country. Our calculator is based on the European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for 'high risk countries including Ireland'.

CHD occurs when some of the vessels (arteries) that carry blood to the heart narrow - a condition known as atherosclerosis. One of the main causes of atherosclerosis is high levels of cholesterol, a fatty substance, in the blood. Cholesterol and fat, circulating in the blood, become deposited on the wall of the arteries. The build-up narrows the arteries causing the flow of blood to the heart to slow or become blocked. The first sign of this may be angina - a tightness or pain in the chest. A complete blockage of one of these arteries results in a heart attack. In addition to high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking also contribute to the development of CHD.

This short self-assessment test can be used to estimate your risk of a fatal cardiovascular event in the next ten years. If you do not know your total cholesterol (mmol/l) or systolic blood pressure (mmHg) levels an average will be used. Results are applicable only for ages 40 years and over.

CHD Calculator
*Age Range:
Cholesterol: mmol/l
Systolic Blood Pressure: mmHg
Do you smoke:
Do you have diabetes:
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