Know Your Numbers
1 in 3 Americans will die from heart disease, and that's no laughing matter. For the past 20 years, GMC has been dedicated to the treatment of cardiovascular disease. With the opening of the new, state-of-the-art Strickland Heart Center, GMC can help even more people with the addition of open heart surgery.
We understand the importance of knowing your numbers in preventing and treating heart disease. It's important to keep track of your heart health and risk factors by visiting your doctor regularly for medical checkups. Write down your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index. Discuss with your doctor healthy numbers for you and how to help keep your heart healthy.
Know You Numbers - Below is a key to get you started with being aware of healthy levels to prevent or treat heart disease. Again, it is important to find out where you stand and what are healthy levels for you.
- Total Cholesterol: Less than 200 mg/dl
- LDL cholesterol levels below 100 mg/dL
- HDL cholesterol level above 40 mg/dL or higher for men and 50mg/dL or higher for women
- Triglycerides below 150 mg/dL
- Blood Pressure: Less than 130/80 mm Hg
- Fasting Glucose: Less than 100 mg/dl
- Body Mass Index (BM1): A body mass index (BMI) of 18.6-24.9.
- Waist Circumference: Waistline smaller than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men.