Three Numbers You Need to Know for a Healthy Heart!
February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of people in the US - men and women. Someone dies of this disease every 35 seconds in the US. Knowing three numbers can change your life - and maybe save it. In today's Family Matters segment Providence Cardiologist, Dr. Ty Gluckman, told us what those numbers were and how we can get them where they need to be.
A person's cardiac risk can be summed up by knowing three sets of numbers - blood pressure, cholesterol and waist size.
1. Normal blood pressure is below 120/80
2. A good cholesterol number to strive for is a total of 200 mg/dL.
3. Waist size is the third number to know when it comes to assessing one's heart health - 35 inches or less for a woman and 40 inches or less for a man is what we should be shooting for.
Changing your lifestyle is the best way to protect yourself from the disease:
* Don't smoke - Cigarette smoking is the greatest preventable cause of death. Those who smoke nearly double their risk of a heart attack.
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