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Predicting Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke: The FINRISK Calculator

Authors:

Erkki Vartiainen ,

Department of Health, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, FI
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Tiina Laatikainen,

Department of Health, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki; Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, FI
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Markku Peltonen,

Department of Health, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, FI
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Pekka Puska

Department of Health, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, FI
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Abstract

The FINRISK risk calculator predicts 10-year risk for coronary heart disease, stroke incidence, and their combination. The model is based on 10-year cohort follow-up from 3 different cohorts in 1982, 1987, and 1992 from a random population sample in 3 areas in Finland. Coronary heart disease, stroke, and their combination are predicted by smoking, systolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, diabetes, and family history. The Internet-based calculator is commonly used in Finland in health services to assess the need for hypertension and hypercholesterolemia treatment and is used also in patients' counseling.

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  • National risk function is a useful tool to assess total risk for cardiovascular diseases.
How to Cite: Vartiainen E, Laatikainen T, Peltonen M, Puska P. Predicting Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke: The FINRISK Calculator. Global Heart. 2016;11(2):213–6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2016.04.007
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Published on 01 Jun 2016.
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