Know Your Heart Numbers
Your heart is crucial to your overall health – and the first step to maintaining your heart health is knowing your numbers. Naga Pannala, MD, cardiologist with Adventist HealthCare, shares what numbers to look for and what your goal range should be.
BLOOD PRESSURE – 120/80
Blood pressure can be affected by age, medications and overall health. However, normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Anything over 130/80 is considered elevated.
CHOLESTEROL – <100
Your LDL (or bad cholesterol) may indicate a buildup of plaque, which narrows your arteries and is a leading cause of heart attacks. Keeping your LDL less than 100 mg/dL is a good goal for heart health.
A1C – <5.7
A1C is a measure of your blood glucose and diabetes, a risk factor for heart disease. To lower your risk of developing diabetes, aim to keep your A1C levels below 5.7%.
BMI – 18.5-25
Your body mass index (BMI) target should be between 18.5 and 25 kg/m2. But always talk with your doctor to determine what your ideal weight, BMI and waist circumference should be.
Always talk with your doctor about your numbers and how you can lower your risk for heart disease.