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7 Numbers That Reveal Heart Disease Risk

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AARP’s February/March 2019 issue has an article with this topic. Anything relating to numbers gets my attention, and this one especially did. No one is immune to heart disease and the article presented seven ways that risk can be reduced. Here is a listing with a brief summary.

  1. Cholesterol: The two types of cholesterol are LDL and HDL. Measured together over 240 is considered high.
  2. Blood pressure: If one of the two numbers is over 130/80, it is considered high.
  3. Resting heart rate: This is how many times your heart beats per minute while you are at rest. You can check it by taking your pulse for 15 seconds and multiplying it by 4. Between 60 and 100 beats per minute is considered normal.
  4. Blood glucose level: Below 100 is what it should be. This is your blood sugar level and fluctuates depending on the time of day and what and when you ate.
  5. Body mass index: 18.5 to 24.9 indicates normal weight.
  6. Waist circumference: Not over 40 for men and 35 for women.
  7. VO2 max: This provides a perspective of your aerobic fitness. The higher the number, the better. Men should be over 24.4 and women over 18.3.

The article is very interesting and provides a lot of information in a short period it takes to read. Also, the article presented typical ranges, but we are all different; read it, and if you have any questions, consult with your physician. A bottom line recommendation is to eat healthily, maintain a healthy weight, keep your sugar consumption down and exercise regularly.

I refer you to the entire article and here is a link: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2019/7-heart-health-numbers.html#quest1

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