A new risk calculator could identify thousands more people in danger of having a heart attack or stroke years before it happens, researchers believe.The tool, called Score2, is ready for use in the UK

A new risk calculator could identify thousands more people in danger of having a heart attack or stroke years before it happens, researchers believe.
The tool, called Score2, is ready for use in the UK and Europe and represents a major advance, experts said.
By combining data including a patients age, sex, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, Score2 allows doctors to predict who will have a heart attack or stroke in the next decade.
Professor Emanuele Di Angelantonio, of the University of Cambridge, who led the research, said: This risk tool is much more powerful and superior to what doctors have used for decades. It will fit seamlessly into current prevention programmes with substantial real-world impact by improving the prevention of cardiovascular diseases across Europe.