DALLAS, Texas (CBS Local) – Will you have a heart attack within the next ten years? Medical researchers affiliated with Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center have unveiled an online tool designed to “calculate” a person’s risk level for heart attack or strokeAstro-CHARM specifically combines a person’s heart health factors, including cholesterol, blood pressure, and family history.

The site also needs input of a person’s artery calcium level. By specifically calculating the data together, the Astro-CHARM calculator provides a percentage figure, to assess heart attack and/or disease over a ten year period.

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“This is prediction, and we want this prediction to be as precise as possible,” Dr. Amit Khera, Director of Preventive Cardiology for UT Southwestern said Monday.

Dr. Khera says Astro-CHARM increases cardiovascular risk detection. The initial research for predicting heart attacks started with a partnership to research and evaluate astronauts with NASA.

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Adults 40 to 65 years of age can access the page, and input their health data and medical family history. Participants must complete a calcium artery scan, which determines any classification of arteries.

The information is critical for total assessment of cardiovascular health. And what should a person do with the heart attack calculator information?

Dr. Khera says the information is built on addressing heart health and a ten year window gives an individual time to do address the potential health risk.

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