Understand the risk factors for these dangerous conditions
Many things can contribute to the development of heart and vascular conditions, including genetics and lifestyle factors. Take these simple quizzes to learn if you are at increased risk and whether you should take steps to reduce your risk.
Are you at risk for heart disease?
This quick quiz can help determine your heart disease risk:
- Are you overweight or obese?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Do you have high blood pressure (hypertension)?
- Do you have high cholesterol?
- Do you smoke or use other forms of tobacco?
- Does anyone in your family have a history of heart disease?
- If you’re a man, are you over 45?
- If you’re a woman, are you over 55 or post-menopausal?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be at risk for having heart disease.
Are you at risk for vascular disease?
Take our quick vascular health quiz to help determine your vascular disease risk:
- Do you feel pain, tightness, tiredness or weakness in your legs when you walk?
- If so, do your legs feel better when you stop walking?
- Has a doctor ever told you that you have poor circulation in your legs?
- Has a doctor ever told you that you have blockage in your carotid arteries?
- Have you recently experienced:
- Difficulty understanding what’s being said to you
- Slurred speech
- Temporary loss of vision in one eye
- Weakness or numbness of an arm or leg on one side of your body
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do your legs swell?
- Do you have trouble with blood clotting or inflammation of the veins (phlebitis)
- Have you had an open sore on a leg, foot or toe that doesn’t heal, or do you have one now?
- Have members of your family had aneurysms or enlarged arteries?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you may at risk for having vascular disease.
When is it time to get help for heart and vascular disease?
If one or more of the risk factors above apply to you, ask your doctor about how to lower your risk. The doctor likely will recommend healthy lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and quitting smoking or other tobacco use.
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to reduce your risk, your doctor may refer you to a cardiovascular specialist. A heart doctor can diagnose specific heart or vascular conditions and work with you on a personalized treatment plan. Learn more about heart disease and vascular disease.