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 were old? Granted, the risk of death increases with age, but this calculator is an argument for medication. T.K.