What is the Framingham Risk Score (FRS)?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
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Framingham Risk Score

The Framingham Risk Score (FRS) was developed in 1998 to assess the 10-year risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) for individuals with different combinations of risk factors. The data used was from the Framingham Heart Study, an ongoing study begun in 1948 of healthy adults, in a largely white population in Framingham, MA. [1]

Since 1998, many adaptions and revisions of the score have been published. Notable versions include the following:

  • 2002 adaption of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (FRS-ATP-III)
  • 2008 10-year Framingham CVD risk score (FRS-CVD)
  • 2006 Lifetime Framingham CVD Risk Score (Lifetime-FRS)
  • 2009 30-year Framingham HCVD risk score (FRS-HCVD)

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