Scientists have developed an online health calculator that can help identify a person's cardiovascular age and their risk of dying from heart disease.
According to the authors of the study, the test can accurately predict how likely a person will be hospitalized or die of cardiovascular disease over the next five years.
The test considers factors that affect the risk of cardiovascular disease and have a heart older than their chronological age. The authors funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research believe that they are unique in terms of the risk factors they consider.
These range from sociodemographic status; Exposure to air pollution; Lifestyle factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption; Education and even their sense of belonging. Users also described their ethnicity, reported on stress, immigration status and whether they have diabetes and high blood pressure.
The publication, as researchers developed the Cardiovascular Disease Population Risk Tool (CVDPoRT), was published in the Canadian Medical Union Journal on Monday
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and kills about 630,000 people each year. The most common form of cardiovascular disease is coronary artery disease, where plaque accumulates in the arteries that supply blood to the heart.
But most people do not realize that they have signs of heart disease until they experience a potentially fatal heart attack, the authors noted firmly.
To develop the test, researchers evaluated data from 104,219 Ontario residents who participated in the Canadian study Community Health Survey between 2001 to 2007. The age of participants ranged between 20 and 105 years.
The CVDPoRT was developed with regard to the Canadian population, but it can be adapted to other populations, the authors said  Read more: Drinking as much coffee could help keep your heart healthy, according to studies ]
Dr. Doug Manuel, chief scientist at Ottawa Hospital and principal author of the study, said in a statement, "Many people are interested in a healthy life, but often we do not have this discussion in the doctor's office, they will examine your blood." Pressure and cholesterol levels, but they do not necessarily ask for lifestyle factors that could expose you to heart attacks and strokes.
"We hope this tool can help people – and their care team – with better information about healthy living and ways to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke."