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The Doctor Is In: 5 Tips To Heart Health

 

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The Doctor Is In:
5 Tips To Heart Health

 

It is that time of the year again it is, February. Some people call it the love month but as a doctor this is Heart Health Month. Unfortunately even in 2016 heart disease is the #1 killer of women, causing 1 out of 3 deaths each year. They call heart disease the silent killer because many of us have it and don’t even know it. There is good news though….. 80% of heart disease is preventable in women and more women are beating heart disease than ever before. Here are some tips to help to achieve optimum heart health.

 

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS

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According to the American Heart Association there are 4 critical health numbers that you should keep within normal ranges:

Blood Sugar - Measures how much sugar is in the blood. HbA1c is < 6% in Prediabetes and <7% in Diabetes

Blood Pressure - Less than 130/80 mm Hg

Blood Cholesterol - A total cholesterol score of less than 180 mg/dL is considered optimal. This includes the "bad" LDL and "good" HDL cholesterol.

Body Mass Index (BMI) - A body mass index (BMI) of 18.6-24.9 and a waistline smaller than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men.

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