NEW RISK SCORE
ANCHOR LEAD: A NEW SCORE HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO ASSESS A WOMAN’S RISK OF HEART DISEASE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Proper assessment of a woman’s heart disease risk may now be possible with the release of a new tool called the Reynolds Risk Score, which takes into account factors especially important in women. Roger Blumenthal, director of Cicarrone Center for Preventive Cardiology at Johns Hopkins, contrasts the Reynolds with the Framingham Risk Score.
BLUMENTHAL: Well, the Framingham Risk Score really focuses in on the risk of a heart attack, it focuses on age, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, cigarette smoking, and systolic blood pressure. But the Reynolds risk score also takes into account one’s family history as well as blood test known as high sensitivity C reactive protein, just adding in family history information and one’s C reactive protein blood test results, you can significantly improve risk prediction in women. :27
The Reynolds risk score can be found on the Internet. Blumenthal recommends that women, especially postmenopausal women, can ask their doctor to use this tool to assess cardiovascular disease risk. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.