Framingham risk score explained. As a heart disease risk predictor, the Framingham score accounts for readily available patient data, cholesterol determinations and blood pressure, parameters that can offer an insight into the patient’s cardiovascular function. The criteria are segmented by gender when calculating the final score.

This panel of experts concluded that the Framingham 10-year predicted risk for CVD was accurate in identifying women at high risk, but women with a calculated low score were inaccurately categorized to low risk [73]. Modified risk calculators have been developed, but most are based on the Framingham Heart Study.