Reasons Heart Risk Evaluations Online Test is Superior
1. More Categories
Heart Risk Evaluations evaluates more categories than other heart risk assessment test. Some of these are categories that more subtly add to risk, but yet are medically recognized as known risk factors, such as 2nd-hand smoke. Others are major risk categories that make a tremendous difference in a person's risk profile. Among the major risk factors that are left out of other tests are diastolic blood pressure, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and stress levels. These are all included in Heart Risk Evaluations.
2. More Choices Per Category
Most assessment tests usually allow only two choices per category: Yes and No. Medically, this is very insufficient and we at Heart Risk Evaluations find this totally unacceptable in risk analysis science. For instance, the usual way of handling body weight is "Overweight by 20 pounds or more? Yes, No." Real life examples, though, are not as simple as yes/no equations. Obviously someone 125 pounds overweight is very much more at risk than someone 25 pounds overweight. The same principle holds true with smoking, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and so on. Regarding total cholesterol, the Framingham Heart Study showed that those whose levels were at or below 150 are at virtually zero risk (no one in the study ever had a heart attack whose level was consistently at or below 150), and those whose levels were 235 are, for the most part, a heart attack waiting to happen. Yet, most tests rate these two as equal risk. Heart Risk Evaluations offers several choices, each evaluated differently, for all of these risk factors. Not only is this medically correct, but it offers great motivation to users as they can quickly progress from one category to the next and see the improvements reflected in their test results.
3. Personalized Report
Assessment tests usually provide very little in the way of feedback. They may provide a score and perhaps a category rating. At most they take you to a generic web page that contains a paragraph of information pertaining to those in your general risk category. Heart Risk Evaluations prepares a truly personalized report. It recaps all of your answers and color codes them as to degree of risk. It provides a number score and category rating, and lets you know how your risk compares with the average adult (in America and in general Western countries) as well as with that of your age/gender peer group. A medication alert informs if there is a possible need for medication in one or more particular categories, and other specific details of risk are provided.
Many tests do not provide the convenience of being on the world wide web. They may be on computer disk, which has to be shipped and downloaded. Then for upgrades the process continually repeats itself. On the web, the test is available to whoever wants to use it at their own convenience.
5. Computerized Scoring
Many tests, even some of those on the web, must be manually calculated. In today's computer age this adds inconvenience and opens the door for greater human error.
6. Cholesterol and HDL Handling
Cholesterol is usually considered the number one factor in the development of coronary heart disease. Billions of dollars have been spent on its research in connection with heart disease. The Framingham Heart Study, as well as those in China, Helsinki and other locations have yielded tremendous volumes of detailed information regarding the relationship of total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and risk. Sadly, and strangely, not one test implements this information into their program.
What these studies have clearly shown is that there is a strong relationship between total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and risk. How this works is rather simple. When total cholesterol is low, at 150 or below, the development of heart disease is almost non-existent, regardless of the level of protective, or "good" HDL cholesterol. At this low level there is just not much "bad" LDL cholesterol in the blood to cause damage by forming plaque. As the level of total cholesterol begins to exceed 150 or 160, however, plaque can form and build in the arteries. The savior here is HDL, and the higher the HDL levels the more protection offered. As the total cholesterol level rises the levels of HDL become increasingly important. So at a cholesterol level of 150, HDL is considered unimportant. At total cholesterol 175 HDL levels regarding risk are slightly important. At total cholesterol 190 HDL levels are important. At total cholesterol 210 HDL levels are very important and at total cholesterol of 230 HDL levels are extremely important. Thus the relationship between total cholesterol and HDL is established. And again, this is a very important risk factor.
Yet, not one other test acknowledges this relationship. Total cholesterol and HDL are handled as two separate categories. (Some tests even ignore HDL completely.) This creates huge discrepancies between test results and actual risk. For instance, those with excellent lipid profiles of 150-35 are usually placed at higher risk than those with lethal levels of 250-60. This makes these programs totally invalid and potentially hazardous to the user. At Heart Risk Evaluations we make good use of the Framingham data and implement it into our test, so that the relationship between total cholesterol and HDL is accurately reflected.
7. Color Coding
Our test is color coded according to severity of risk. This gives the user an education in heart risk as they are taking the test.
8. Real Life Risk Matched
Our ultimate goal at Heart Risk Evaluations was to match our test results to real life risk as closely as possible. We have been very successful in doing this. Because other tests use simplistic approaches such as Yes/No questions for non Yes/No matters, their results are often medically incorrect, even to a very large degree. Our test is designed to match real life risk in every situation. And our mathematics are based on the most current heart risk research.
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