Know Your Numbers to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
♥ My blood pressure ideally should be 120/80mm Hg or less. In general, my blood pressure is acceptable if it is less than 140/90 mmHg at the doctor’s office and 130/80 mm Hg or less at home. If I am diabetic or have renal disease, my blood pressure at my physician’s office should be 130/80 mm Hg or lower.
♥ My tobacco use should be zero.
♥ My LDL (bad) cholesterol should be less than 100 mg/dL (and perhaps less than 70 mg/dL) if I have cardiovascular disease or am at high risk.
♥ My HDL (good) cholesterol should be at least 40 mg/d, if male and at least 50 mg/d, if female. Ideally total cholesterol (TC) divided by good (HDL) cholesterol should be 3.0 or less.
♥ My fasting triglyceride (TG) should be less than 150 mg/dL.
♥ My high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (if test is indicated) should be less than 1.0 mg/dL.
♥ My exercise ideally should include walking a total of 2 miles a day most days of the week.
♥ My body mass index should be less than 25. Go to the NIH Calculator to calculate BMI.
♥ My fasting blood glucose should be less than 100 mg/dL. Fasting glucose of 100-125 mg/dL = pre-diabetic. Fasting glucose of 126 mg/dL or greater = diabetic.
♥ My hemoglobin A1c should be 6.5 mg/dL or less. If 7.0 mg/dL or greater = diabetic.
♥ My “Ejection Fraction” (heart function) ideally should be over 55%. If less than 40%, I am at risk for heart failure.
For more health information, please visit our Heart Health page.
For physician appointment information, please call 520-MyHeart (694-3278).
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