Clinicians are advised to evaluate individual patient risk factors and suggest the following actions:
- Calculate heart age among your patients aged 30–74 and talk with them about the effect of risk factors on their heart health.
- Help patients choose a risk factor or two to focus on improving first, such as quitting smoking, getting regular exercise, making healthy eating a part of their lives, and helping them take their medications as prescribed.
- Refer patients to community resources such as smoking quitlines and diabetes prevention programs that will support them as they make and keep these lifestyle changes.
- Continue to use other calculators recommended by national guidelines that assess cardiovascular risk and help inform treatment decisions.
For more information call (800) 232-4636 or visit CDC.gov.