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
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.