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Assessment tool raises risk awareness, doesn't end underestimation

The CDC's Family Healthware assessment tool increased perception of heart disease risk by 15% in a study of people with a family history of heart disease, compared with 9% in a control group, according to Boston University researchers. People who underestimated their risk continued to do so after the assessment but still had a better understanding, researchers said. Patients who used the Healthware tool also got personalized prevention messages based on their risk of heart disease, according to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.