A novel online health calculator has been created by scientists, which could help people in predicting the risk of heart disease and estimated their heart age.
As per the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the calculator will consider socio-demographic factors, such as ethnicity, sense of belonging and education, as well as health status and lifestyle behaviours.
“What sets this cardiovascular risk calculator apart is that it looks at healthy living,” said Doug Manuel, senior scientist, Ottawa Hospital, Canada.
By using ‘big data’ algorithms, researchers used routine data of104, 219 Ontario residents from the Canadian Community Health Surveys (2001 to 2007) to develop and validate the Cardiovascular Disease Population Risk Tool (CVDPoRT).
The device enables individuals to predict the risk of hospitalisation or death from cardiovascular disease within the next five years.
The calculator also provides heart age, an easy-to-understand measure of heart health.
Unlike other risk prediction tools, the CVDPoRT also considers factors, such as socio-demographic status, environmental influences like air pollution, health behaviours ranging from smoking status to alcohol intake to physical activity, health conditions, and more.
“We hope this tool can help people and their care team with better information about healthy living and options for reducing their risk of heart attack and stroke, Manuel said.