A Revised Framingham Stroke Risk Profile to Reflect Temporal Trends

BACKGROUND: -Age-adjusted stroke incidence has decreased over the past 50 years, likely due to changes in the prevalence and impact of various stroke risk factors. An updated version of the Framingham Stroke Risk Profile (FSRP) might better predict current risks in the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) and other cohorts. We compared the accuracy of the standard (Old), and of a revised (New) version of the FSRP in predicting the risk of all-stroke and ischemic stroke, and validated this new FSRP in two external cohorts, the 3 Cities (3C) and REGARDS studies. METHODS: -We computed the old FSRP as originally described, and a new model that used the most recent epoch-specific risk factors' prevalence and hazard-ratios for persons >/= 55 years and for the subsample >/= 65 years (to match the age range in REGARDS and 3C studies respectively), and compared the efficacy of these models in predicting 5- and 10-year stroke risks. RESULTS: -The new FSRP was a better predictor of current stroke risks in all three samples than the old FSRP (Calibration chi-squares of new/old FSRP: in men 64.0/12.1, 59.4/30.6 and 20.7/12.5; in women 42.5/4.1, 115.4/90.3 and 9.8/6.5 in FHS, REGARDS and 3C, respectively). In the REGARDS, the new FSRP was a better predictor among whites compared to blacks. CONCLUSIONS: -A more contemporaneous, new FSRP better predicts current risks in 3 large community samples and could serve as the basis for examining geographic and racial differences in stroke risk and the incremental diagnostic utility of novel stroke risk factors.

  • Dufouil C
  • Beiser A S
  • McClure L A
  • Wolf P A
  • Tzourio C
  • Howard V J
  • Westwood A J
  • Himali J J
  • Sullivan L M
  • Aparicio H J
  • Kelly-Hayes M
  • Ritchie K
  • Kase C S
  • Pikula A
  • Romero J R
  • D'Agostino R B Sr
  • Samieri C
  • Vasan R S
  • Chene G
  • Howard G
  • Seshadri S


  • Circulation
Feb 03;135(12):1145-59