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Know Your Numbers


By:Karen Yontz Center Staff

Before you can plan an effective strategy for better heart health,it's important to know where you are and what you're up against.Cholesterol,blood pressure,body mass index(BMI),and blood glucose(sugar)numbers are key indicators of risk for developing heart disease.By knowing your numbers and understanding what they mean,you'll be better equipped to live a more heart-healthy lifestyle.

Cholesterol/Lipid Panel(ideal results)

In the past,treatment guidelines directed healthcare providers to focus on treating their patients to target goal levels for total cholesterol,LDL,HDL and triglycerides.However,current prevention guidelines recommend an approach that goes beyond cholesterol levels alone and considers overall risk assessment and reduction.It's still important to know your numbers,but work with your healthcare provider to treat your risk.The Karen Yontz Center also provides up-to-date resources to help you understand and address heart disease risk factors as you pursue a heart-healthy lifestyle.

  • Cholesterol:Less than 200
  • LDL("bad"cholesterol):Less than 100 if you have known heart disease.Less than 130 if without heart disease
  • HDL("good"cholesterol):Greater than 40 for men and Greater than 50 for women
  • Triglycerides:Less than 150

Blood Pressure

The latest recommendations were put forth by the American College of Cardiology(ACC)and the American Heart Association(AHA)in November,2017.

Normal Blood Pressure:

  • Less than 120 systolic(top)pressure
  • Less than 80 diastolic(bottom)pressure

Elevated Blood Pressure:

  • 120–129 systolic(top)pressure
  • Less than 80 diastolic(bottom)pressure

(These individuals are at increased risk for developing hypertension in the future)

Stage 1 High Blood Pressure:

  • 130–139 systolic(top)pressure,OR
  • 80–89 diastolic(bottom)pressure

Stage 2 High Blood Pressure:

  • 140 or above systolic(top)pressure
  • 90 or above diastolic(bottom)pressure

Body Mass Index(BMI)

BMI is a measurement of obesity.

  • Ideal BMI is between 18.5 and 25
  • Overweight:BMI between 25 and 29.9
  • Obese: BMI of 30 and above

To calculate your BMI, use this calculator.

Blood Glucose

  • Impaired fasting blood glucose: 100 – 125 mg/dl on at least 2 separate occasions
  • Diabetes: 126 mg/dl or greater on at least 2 separate occasions

Lending Library

The Karen Yontz Center's lending library is your source for heart-healthy resources including books on lifestyle, cookbooks, workout DVDs, meditation CDs, and much more.

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Karen Yontz Center, Located in Aurora St Luke's Medical Center, 2900 W Oklahoma Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53125, (414) 649-5767