Cardiovascular Risk Estimation Tool (CRESTT)
We are developing a web-based risk estimation tool designed with the underserved and vulnerable population in mind to predict cardiovascular events in five, ten and 15 years using novel algorithm. All modules are designed to educate the asymptomatic cardiovascular population on cardiovascular risk factors.
Heart disease is the leading killer across most racial and ethnic minority communities in the United States, accounting for 25% of all deaths in 2008. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), African-American men and women have double the rate of fatal heart disease of their white counterparts of the same age. American Indians/Alaska natives die from heart disease much earlier than expected – 36% are under 65, compared with only 17% for the U.S. population overall.
In sub-Saharan Africa, cardiovascular disease will become the leading cause of death within the next ten years according to the World Health Organization. This is more than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined.