The Framingham Score: Calculating risk for coronary artery disease (CAD)

UCSF Radiologist Dr. Brett Elicker describes the Framingham Score, used to determine the risks of cardiovascular disease including heart attack.

Framingham Score

  • Age, gender
  • BMI
  • Family history
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Triglycerides –Total, HDL, LDL

Score is calculated by plugging all these factors in a computer program and that is going to determine the risk of cardiac event, and sudden death in the next 10 years. 

Traditional Risk Factors and CAD prevention

  • 50% Acute MI have normal cholesterol
  • Sudden death first present in 150-250,000/year
  • Need better tools for risk stratification 


Division Chief, Cardiothoracic Imaging
Professor Clinical Radiology

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