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9 Ways to Insure Heart Health

hc heart health 331x156 9 Ways to Insure Heart HealthHeart disease kills more women over 65 every year than all cancers combined and they are less likely than men to survive a heart attack.¹

Men, on the other hand, experience more sudden cardiac events. This is different from a heart attack. In sudden cardiac arrest, electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic. When this occurs, it causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Under these circumstances, it is rare to survive such an event.² With this knowledge, isn’t it time to look seriously at what you need to do to prevent such an occurrence? I believe it is.

To keep your heart health on the right track, here are important numbers we’ve already been exposed to by our doctors at our annual physicals so it won’t be anything you aren’t familiar with. It is a concise list you can keep pinned on your refrigerator right next to your children’s or grandchildren’s art work. Both of which can be a reminder of just how important your heart health is to those important people in your family.

Blood Pressure: 120/80 or under is usually a normal blood pressure for adults.³

Overall Cholesterol: Less than 200 mg/dl.4

Bad Cholesterol: Less than 100 mg/dl is optimal level of LDL or “bad” cholesterol.4

Good Cholesterol: More than 40 mg/dl is a desirable level of HDL, or “good,” cholesterol for men; for women the number should be at least 50.5

Triglycerides: Less than 150 mg/dl is desirable level of triglycerides. This blood fat, like LDL, can make your arteries harden or narrow.6

BMI: Between 18.5 and 24.9 is generally a normal body mass index (BMI). Higher can increase your risk for heart disease.7

Waist Size: Less than 35 inches for women and less than 40 inches for men is best. Too much fat (called visceral or central belly fat ) around the waist increases heart disease risk.7

Zero: Exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke is best set at Zero.8

Exercise: 30 minutes most days is recommended. Physical activity can reduce your resting heart rate. In the April 2010 issue of the American Heart Journal, a resting heart rate higher than 90 can double the risk for heart disease.9

¹ “Women and Heart Disease Fact Sheet,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January, 2010. http://www.cdc.gov.

² “CPR Statistics,” American Heart Association, April 26, 2010. http://www.heart.org.

³ “High Blood Pressure,” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, November 2008. www.nhlbi.nih.gov.

4 “Cholesterol: What You Can Do,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated February 9, 2010. www.cdc.gov.

5 “What Your Cholesterol Levels Mean,” American Heart Association, updated August 11, 2010. www.nlm.nih.gov.

6 “Triglycerides,” Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, updated August 24, 2010. www.nlm.nih.gov.

7 “Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk,” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, undated. www.nhlbi.nih.gov.

8 “Numbers That Count,” American Heart Association, 2010. www.heart.org.

9 “Elevated Resting Heart Rate Is an Independent Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease in Healthy Men and Women,” M.T. Cooney et al., American Heart Journal, April 2010, vol. 159, no. 4, pp. 612-19.

Enjoy and use this article, but please be legal. Include this resource block and all is good…LouAnn Savage is publisher and editor of The Weekly Healthline, an online health publication. She is lecturer, researcher and marketer for health and fitness programs and product that advance the world toward true health. Follow LouAnn at her corporate website, http://www.HealthFitforLife.com, http://www.Savage.TeamAsea.com and on www.twitter.com/louannsavage and Facebook.

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