4 heart numbers everyone should know
Is your heart at risk? Your life may depend on this important info
Maybe you’re a numbers person — you love figures and formulas. Or maybe that’s not exactly your idea of fun. Either way, when it comes to a healthy heart, it truly pays to mind the math.
Here’s a quick look at four types of numbers to know — and keep an eye on.
Healthy habits for heathy numbers
Your doctor can recommend steps to help keep your numbers in a heart-happy range. They may include:
- Move more. Regular exercise(Opens a new window) is key.* On busy days, try squeezing in three brisk 10-minute walks in place of one longer workout.
- Eat heart-smart. Make healthy choices, such as fruits, veggies, fish, lean meats, skinless poultry, whole grains, legumes and low-fat dairy foods. Limit sodium, sugar, saturated fat and trans fat.
- Trim down. Even a small weight loss may help your numbers.
- Kick tobacco. Don’t be discouraged if you’ve tried to quit before and couldn’t. It often takes several attempts to stop for good.
It’s all about you
Your personal risk for heart disease depends on many factors — including your habits, age and family health history.
Talk with your doctor about the best heart-healthy numbers for you — and how often to get tested.** Here’s a handy checklist to take to your doctor visit — it has some important questions to ask.
What to do next
Join us for an online seminar. You can learn more about eating for heart health during the seminar “My Mediterranean Kitchen” on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. CT.
*Talk with your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level.
**Check with your benefit plan to make sure your testing is covered. Blood work and lab tests may not be covered under the preventive care benefit.
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