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Know Your Numbers

 

Knowing your numbers can keep you heart-healthy. It can help you and your doctor know your risks and mark the progress you're making
toward a healthier you.

The first step to a healthy heart is learning the simple things you can do every day.

Try this number first: Exercise at least 30 minutes most days, if not all days of the week.

Keep this reminder of the numbers and what they mean close by:

Factor 

Goal 

Total Cholesterol Less than 200 mg/dL
[LDL ("Bad'') Cholesterol

Less than 100 mg/dL (Optimal)

100-129 mg/dL (near optimal)

130-159 mg/dL (borderline high)

160-189 mg/dL (high)

190 mg/dL (very high)

HDL ("Good'') Cholesterol 50 mg/dL or higher
Triglycerides Less than 150 mg/dL
Blood Pressure Less than 120/80 mmHg
Fasting Glucose Less than 100 mg/dL
Body Mass Index (BMI) Less than <25 Kg/m2
Waist Circumference Less than 35 inches

Source: Go Red for Women


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