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Know Your Numbers




5 Major Heart Attack Warning Signs


Heart Disease Risk Factors

  • Age—Men over age 45 and women over age 55
  • Family History—Know what "runs in the family." With this information your doctor can recommend screening tests and preventive treatments
  • High Blood Pressure—Goal Less than 120/80 mmHg If your blood pressure is high, losing weight, exercising, not smoking and, in some cases, cutting down on sodium (salt) and alcohol will help. Medication may also be needed to control blood pressure.
  • High Cholesterol—Goal Less than 200 mg/dL
  • Smoking—Quitting is the single best change you can make for your health.
  • Excess Weight and Inactivity—Goal/Body Mass Index Less than 25 kg/m2. Eat a healthy diet high in fiber and low in fat. Exercise at least 30 minutes most days.
  • Diabetes—Goal/Fasting glucose less than 100 mg/dL With diabetes, you are at least two times more likely than normal to develop coronary artery disease, so it's extremely important that you manage your blood sugar levels.

Know Your Numbers

  • Cholesterol—Goal less than 200 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides—Goal less than 150 mg/dL
  • Fasting Glucose—Goal less than 100 mg/dL
  • Blood Pressure—Goal less than 120/80 mmHg
  • Waist Circumference Goal/Women—35 inches or less Goal/Men—40 inches or less
  • Body Mass Index—Goal less than 25 kg/m2
  • Exercise—Goal at least 30 minutes most days
  • Diet & Nutrition—
  • Fruits & Vegetables—5 daily servings Whole Graings—6 daily servings Oily Fish—2 servings per week Fiber 25-30 grams per day Fats & Oils—use non-saturated fats such as canola or olive oil which contain 2 grams or less per tablespoon Saturated Fat/Trans Fat—Less than %10 of total calories Salt—Less than 6 grams (2,300 mg sodium) per day
  • Alcohol—For women, no more than one drink a day; no more than two for men
  • Tobacco—zero tobacco products and zero exposure to secondhand smoke