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Heart Health: 6 Numbers You Need to Know

December 1, 2017

1. LDL Cholesterol

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is a major cause of coronary heart disease. It’s the culprit behind most cholesterol buildup and arterial blockages in your body.

2. Body Mass Index or BMI

Your BMI calculates your body fat, based on your height and weight. The higher your BMI, the greater your risks of heart disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes.

3. Waist Circumference

Did you know that having an “apple” shape, where fat sits around your middle, is more risky for your heart than having a “pear” shape, where fat sits around your hips?

4. Triglycerides

Many people don’t realize that triglycerides are not a type of cholesterol. But high levels of this blood fat are linked to coronary heart disease, especially in women.

5. Blood Pressure

Blood pressure often, but not always, rises as we age. High blood pressure (hypertension) is silent, but it raises risks of heart disease, stroke and other problems.

6. Fasting Glucose

When your body can’t make insulin or respond well to it, glucose builds up in the blood, damaging blood vessels and nerves.

Source:https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/01/heart-health-do-you-know-your-numbers/

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