Risk scores for prediction of coronary heart disease: an update

Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2009 Mar;38(1):33-44. doi: 10.1016/j.ecl.2008.11.001.


Risk scores for the prediction of coronary heart disease (CHD) have greatly improved in the past 30 years. While standardized baseline measurements and modern technology aid in the development of increasingly accurate CHD risk algorithms, recent reports have shown that simple prediction tools using a basic set of variables, including age, systolic blood pressure, smoking, hypertension, exercise, body mass index, diabetes, and family history are predictive of CHD risk and can potentially be self-administered.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Coronary Disease / diagnosis
  • Coronary Disease / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Reference Values
  • Risk Assessment*
  • Treatment Outcome