KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!

Scale and measure tape

Blood Pressure Control:

Blood Pressure readings include two numbers – the upper number is the Systolic (when the heart contracts); the bottom number is the Diastolic (when the heart relaxes and fills). The American Heart Association established three levels to gauge if your blood pressure is in a normal, pre-hypertension or hypertension range.

American Heart Association Classifications at 18 years of age and older:

Normal blood pressure is: 120/80 mm/Hg

Pre-hypertension is: 120 to 139/ 80 to 89 mm/Hg

Stage 1 Hypertension is: 140 to 159/ 90 to 99 mm/Hg

Stage 2 Hypertension is: 160+/100+ mmHg

Note: American Diabetic Association goal is less than a 140 mm Hg systolic

Lipid Goals:

Total Cholesterol goal is 200 mg/dL or below.

LDL of 100 to129 mg/dL – If you have cardiovascular disease, the LDL goal is 70 mg/dL.

HDL of 60 mg/dL or higher – Higher is better.

HDL needs improvement if HDL is below 40 mg/dL in men or below 50 mg/dL in women.

Triglyceride goal is 150 mg/dL or below.

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