Heart Disease Risk Calculator: CAC and MESA

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This fall, my annual cholesterol screening showed an alarming increase in all the cholesterol markers: Total Cholesterol, HDL (‘good’) cholesterol and LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol.

Both my Primary Care Doctor and I whipped out our phones and opened the ASCVD risk calculator app. I was relieved to find that although my 10-year risk of heart disease had increased versus last year, it still showed a low enough risk that statin medication was not required.

BUT THEN she told me about someone who eats well and exercises and also had a low 10-year risk of heart disease according to the calculator –