Health Logo. Fighting Heart Disease: Assess Risk & Save Lives

According to the CDC, 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. [1]  The need for preventative action is urgent, especially since about 49% of Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors - high blood pressure, high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and a history of smoking.

Below is a list of the 20 best heart disease calculators, to empower both those with and without preexisting conditions to live an optimal lifestyle.  With the right action, heart disease need not be inevitable.

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Please note: These calculators should not replace the opinion of a doctor; please see your physician if you suspect you may have heart disease, and please go to the emergency room in case of crisis.

  1. General Heart Disease Risk
    1. Heart Disease Risk Calculator - Mayo Clinic
    2. 10-Year CVD Risk Calculator
    3. Heart Disease Risk Calculator
    4. Reynolds Risk Score
    5. Cardiovascular Risk Calculator
    6. A Risk Score for Cardiovascular Disease
    7. Heart Age Calculator
  2. Coronary Heart Disease
    1. Coronary Heart Disease Risk Calculator
    2. LDL Cholesterol Goal Level Calculator
    3. Arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) Risk Estimator
    4. Calculator: Estimated Risk of Developing CHD in 10 Years
    5. Simple risk model for heart valve surgery
  3. Heart Attack & Heart Failure
    1. QRISK 2014 Calculator
    2. Mayo Clinic Statin Choice Decision Aid
    3. Mortality Risk Score for Heart Failure
  4. Stroke
    1. Stroke Risk Calculator
    2. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Risk Calculator
    3. Atrial Fibrillation Risk Score for Stroke/Stroke or Death
  5. More Cardiovascular Disease Risk Calculators
    1. Heart-Health Risk Assessments from the American Heart Association
    2. Framingham Risk Functions

General Heart Disease Risk

These calculators are useful in predicting the likelihood of suffering from heart disease in the future, as well as prioritizing lifestyle changes to minimize risk.

Heart Disease Risk Calculator - Mayo Clinic
http://www.mayoclinic.org/heart-disease-risk/itt-20084942
In less than five minutes, this test estimates your likelihood of experiencing heart disease in the next 30 years, while also offering up actionable suggestions for how to reduce this percentage likelihood.

10-Year CVD Risk Calculator
http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov/
Based on a simple set of demographic factors, this test estimates your likelihood of having a heart attack in the next 10 years.

Heart Disease Risk Calculator
http://mhgpc.com/risk-calculator.html
This particular calculator is very visually oriented and easy to use, even by someone with visual impairment.  Additionally, the left hand menu on this page presents extensive details on various heart conditions and procedures.

Reynolds Risk Score
http://www.reynoldsriskscore.org/
For those men and women without diabetes, this test gives your likelihood of having a heart attack, stroke, or other major heart disease event in the next ten years.

Cardiovascular Risk Calculator
http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/cardiovascular-risk-calculator
This resource also estimates your 10-year risk for cardiovascular disease, but uses more detailed data for its calculation, like serum triglyceride levels.  Of note, it explains the merit behind each data input's use, and it also suggests further resources for understanding cardiovascular disease risk profiles.

A Risk Score for Cardiovascular Disease
http://www.riskscore.org.uk/
This test is particularly useful for individuals with a medical history of heart problems and/or who have blood work results readily available.

Heart Age Calculator
http://www.world-heart-federation.org/cardiovascular-health/heart-age-calculator/
How old is your heart?  This oft-cited calculator helps determine, based on health conditions, family history, and environment, what your heart's “true” age is.

Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading source of heart disease in the United States [2], and occurs when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries leading into the heart.  This can predispose individuals to blood clots, narrowing of blood vessels, heart attacks, and more.  The calculators below can help you evaluate your risk for CHD, and take preventative action.

Coronary Heart Disease Risk Calculator
http://www1.mcw.edu/calculators/Coronary-Heart-Disease-Risk.htm
Aside from using basic parameters to calculate your risk for coronary heart disease in the next 10 years, this calculator also compares it to the average percent-risk for others in your age group.

LDL Cholesterol Goal Level Calculator
http://www1.mcw.edu/calculators/LDL-Cholesterol-Goal-Level.htm
Focusing on cholesterol but taking into account several risk factors identified by the Framingham Heart Study, this calculator estimates risk of cardiovascular disease.

Arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) Risk Estimator
http://tools.cardiosource.org/ASCVD-Risk-Estimator/
Published jointly by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, this risk calculator also bears links to plenty of relevant resources for clinicians and patients alike to explore prevention and treatment of ASCVD.

Calculator: Estimated Risk of Developing CHD in 10 Years
http://strongheart.ouhsc.edu/CHDcalculator/calculator.html
Ethnicity may play a factor in inherited traits and conditions that may predispose an individual to cardiovascular disease. This calculator focuses on evaluating disease risk for American Indians aged 30 and older.

Simple risk model for heart valve surgery
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/statistics/research/riskmodel
For individuals who have had heart valve surgery, and accommodating those with other conditions, this quiz predicts risk of mortality to give a sense of the severity of one's condition.

Heart Attack & Heart Failure

By evaluating your risk for a heart attack, you can prepare yourself and your loved ones to be ready if you start to show symptoms.  Because of their sudden onset, heart attacks can be lethal if appropriate intervention is not made quickly.

QRISK 2014 Calculator
http://www.qrisk.org/
Using recent data collected from doctors across the United Kingdom, this test uses basic demographic factors to identify your probability of having a heart attack or stroke in the next ten years.

Mayo Clinic Statin Choice Decision Aid
http://statindecisionaid.mayoclinic.org/index.php/statin/index
This test helps predict the effectiveness of statin and/or aspirin use as an intervention in patients at-risk for developing heart conditions.  Particularly impressive is the site's usage of visuals to illustrate probability.

Mortality Risk Score for Heart Failure
http://www.mortalityscore.org/heart_failure.php
For patients 65 and older, this quiz factors in existing health conditions, blood pressure, and blood levels to help predict the risk of mortality (and hence rate condition severity) for patients.

Stroke

Strokes are another form of medical emergency where blood clots form and obstruct the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain.  Rapid intervention is essential not only for survival, but to reduce the likelihood of long-term damage.

Stroke Risk Calculator
http://stroke.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=66
A very simple, straightforward quiz that helps estimate your risk of having a stroke.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Risk Calculator
http://www.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=tia_webtool
Are you unsure of whether you might be having or have had a mini stroke? This quiz helps you learn more about the symptoms; this is a great tool to use to start your discussion with your doctor.

Atrial Fibrillation Risk Score for Stroke/Stroke or Death
http://www.zunis.org/FHS%20Afib%20Risk%20Calculator.htm
For patients with atrial fibrillation, which is the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia, this test helps estimate the likelihood of having a stroke.

More Cariovascular Disease Risk Tools

The following pages contain even more calculators for cardiovascular risk, including some that look at how other health conditions (e.g. diabetes) may factor into your heart health, and what steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of any problems.

Heart-Health Risk Assessments from the American Heart Association
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Whats-Your-Risk-Find-out_UCM_306929_Article.jsp
The American Heart Association here offers a range of tools to better understand your risk for heart disease, as well as how other preexisting conditions may affect your risk for heart disease.

Framingham Risk Functions
http://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/risk-functions/
Using the Framingham Heart Study, one of the widest studies of heart disease outcomes in populations (data was collected from physicians across the United Kingdom), this page contains several tests to predict risk of different heart disease conditions.