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How Your Heart Numbers Stack Up

We all need a healthy heart. Both my father and my great-grandfather passed away in their early fifties due to heart disease, so I am painfully aware of the risk for my children and myself. Furthermore, did you know that every year in the U.S. more women die of heart disease than of all types of cancer combined and that it’s the Number 1 health risk for women? Fortunately, there are some steps we can take for prevention of heart issues. Your first line of defense? Be sure, once a year, every year, to get a full physical and bloodwork done. Then watch the numbers. Here are some tips that can help:

Lifestyle

  • Follow a heart-healthy diet. Check this article with some Healthy Heart Foods and include them in your daily diet.
  • Exercise 30-minutes a day at least five times a week (need ideas? Click here).
  • Know your family history.
  • Do not use tobacco products.
  • Manage your stress by using a form of reflection or meditation for 10-15min each day.
  • Want more tips? Click here to learn other positive prevention steps you can take.

Numbers You Should Know:

Blood Pressure
Have a goal of Less than 120/80mmHg

Body Mass Index BMI
Have a BMI with a goal of 18.5-24.9 percentage of body fat.

Other Numbers

  • Have your Blood sugar/glucose tested
  • Get a readout on your Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Your physician can help you with all these numbers that are helpful for tracking your health and to prevent and detect any issues.

Remember, investing in your health is the best investment you’ll ever make!