Over half the cases of heart disease, and up to 80% of strokes, are preventable.
Are you doing all you can do?
5 Important TESTS
Certain lab test results show the condition of your heart health and your risk of having a "heart-related event". Know your numbers from these tests.
1 - Blood Pressure
the force exerted on the blood vessels by your heart as it pumps throughout your body
- expressed as a maximum pressure (systolic) over a minimum pressure (diastolic)
- displayed systolic over diastolic in millimeters of mercury
- ideal blood pressure, BP -- 120/80 or lower
- high blood pressure = hypertension
2 - Blood Glucose/Sugar
- fasting blood pressure without diabetes is under 100 mg/dL
- normal blood glucose 2 hours after eating is under 140 mg/dL
- with diabetes keep your before meal blood glucose between 80 and 130 mg/dL
- with diabetes keep your postprandial blood glucose level under 180
3 - Cholesterol (HDL, LDL, Total)
- needed to survive
- optimal total cholesterol is less than 200 mg/dL
- keep LDL under 130 mg/dL, optimally less than 100 mg/dL
- HDL should be greater than 40 mg/dL; 60 mg/dL is optimal and protects against heart disease
4 - Triglycerides
- measures the fats in your blood
- should be lower than 150 mg/dL
5 - Body Mass Index (BMI)
- BMI 25 or higher -- overweight for height, increased risk for diabetes & developing heart disease for more information about Body Mass Index, visit the Terminology page.
Do you have any of these medical conditions?
If so, your risk of stroke and Alzheimer's disease is higher than it could and should be.
Follow the links below to learn more and see what you can do to start reducing your risk today.
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