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Keep track of your numbers and see your doctor if any of your results are out of the normal range. If you don't know your numbers you may ask your doctor to determine your results. Your doctor may advise you to be screened for heart disease. You may also request a cardiac risk evaluation by calling Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital at 214.820.0192.

Blood Pressure should be at or below 130/80

My blood pressure is _____/_____

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the artery walls. High blood pressure means the force is too strong, also meaning the heart is working extra hard to move blood. Over time, high blood pressure can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes and other organs. Controlling your blood pressure can help prevent this damage.

The top number is pressure when the heart beats (systolic). The bottom number is the pressure when the heart is between beats (diastolic).

Total Cholesterol (mg/dL) should be below 200

My total cholesterol is _______

Total Cholesterol: This number is the total amount of cholesterol in your blood. The higher the number, the more likely it is that cholesterol is affecting your health.

HDL (Good) should be above 40 (mg/dL)

My total HDL is ________

LDL: Known as the "bad" cholesterol, because it can stick to blood vessel walls, reducing or blocking blood flow.

(without Heart Disease) <100

Triglycerides should be below 150 mg/dL

My triglyceride level is ______

Triglycerides:strong> These are a type of fat in the blood. When needed, your body uses triglycerides for energy.

Fasting Glucose should be below 100(mg/dL)

My fasting glucose was ________ when last tested.

Fasting Glucose: If your fasting glucose is above 100 you may be at risk for Diabetes which raises your risk for other cardiac risk such as High Blood Pressure and blockage in arteries of the heart and body.

Hemoglobin A1C should be below 7%

My A1c was _________ when last tested.

Hemoglobin A1c: When blood sugar is high. Sugars circulate in the blood and combine with hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying substance in red blood cells. The glycated hemoglobin test, HbA1c, is a blood test used to determine the average level of blood sugar over a six to 12 week period. For adults without Diabetes, the average HbA1c test result is usually between 4% and 6%.

Body Mass Index (BMI) should be below 25 and above 18

My BMI is ___________

Body Mass Index: BMI measures your weight in relation to your height. The higher your BMI is above 25 or below 18, the greater chance you may have of developing health problems.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people. BMI is an easy-to-perform method of screening for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches, then multiplying the result by 703. (Weight in pounds divided by height in inches, then multiplied by 703=BMI) A BMI of 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal by the CDC. A BMI between 25 and 29.5 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or above is considered obese. Excess weight puts additional stress on your heart and other organs and increases your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Eating a healthy diet and controlling your weight can seriously reduce those risks.

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