Risk calculator is a helpful, but general, tool



October 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Dear Dr. Roach: My friends and I are athletic seniors with no health conditions. We take no medications and eat a plant-based diet. When we put our similar (all in range) test scores in the CVD risk calculator, we made an interesting discovery.

Our numbers consistently fell above the 7.5% 10-year risk until we entered in a younger age. For example, my risk at age 72 was 10.8%, but at age 68, it was 6.7%. Do we need meds because we’re old? Granted, the risk of death increases with age, but this calculator is an argument for medication. — T.K.


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