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Better Heart Health Starts with Knowing Your Numbers

April 26, 2013

According to CardioSmart.org, you need to "Know Your Numbers" to be informed about your heart health, so what are the numbers you need to know?

Blood Pressure

know your numbers for heart healthYou may know that normal blood pressure for a healthy adult is 119/79 or below, but do you know what those numbers mean? The first number is systolic pressure—this number indicates the highest level of blood pressure that happens when the muscles of your heart contract. The second number is diastolic pressure and indicates the lowest pressure when your heart is relaxed in between heartbeats.

Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Information on levels of cholesterol and triglycerides are obtained through a blood test.

If there is too much cholesterol in your arteries, plaque can form and this plaque makes it more likely you will have a heart attack or stroke.

Waist Measurement

The circumference of your waist can give useful information about your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol because a large amount of abdominal fat is associated with these conditions.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

This measurement is different than your weight. Using your weight and your height, BMI provides information on your total body fat.

If you’re concerned about your heart health visit us at North Ohio Heart. Ten years ago NOH joined with Ohio Medical Group to offer primary medical services in our area. The NOH/OMG solution truly is a partnership for your health.

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