New method to keep track of heart risks

By Ritu Singh | Updated: Dec 25, 2013, 23:23 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

A recent study shows how to calculate the risk of heart diseases.

The Framingham Heart Study was started in 1948 to learn more about heart diseases and strokes and determine the common risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.

The long-term study has determined key risk factors that can increase a person’s chance of experiencing heart disease or a heart attack over their lifetime, which will help people in adopting lifestyle changes and treatments.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women and nearly 800,000 Americans experiencing a heart attack every year.