Heart health – Keep the numbers in check

Heart health – Keep the numbers in check
August 26 04:15 2018 by admin Print This Article

Heart health depends on all parts of your body functioning normally. There are certain parameters that a doctor will check to ensure that your heart is healthy. Let’s take a look the important ones:-

Cholesterol

Cholesterol assists the body in building new cells, insulates nerves, and helps in the production of hormones.

Cholesterol parameters

There is good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL).

HDL Cholesterol (Good Cholesterol)

  • > 45 milligrams per deciliter for women
  • > 50 milligrams per deciliter for men is good for a heart healthy pattern

LDL levels

  • <130 milligrams per deciliter is optimal level
  • <100 milligrams per deciliter is ideal level

High blood pressure

High Blood Pressure is linked to heart disease, heart failure, stroke & kidney disease as well

Blood pressure parameters

  • Blood pressure reading consists of two numbers, one on top of the other.
  • The top number is your systolicblood pressure. It is the highest level your blood pressure reaches when your heart beats.
  • The lower number is your diastolicblood pressure. It is the lowest level your blood pressure reaches as your heart relaxes between beats.
  • Ideally your blood pressure should be

> 120 over 80
< 140 over 90

Triglycerides

Triglycerides convert the cholesterol in our body and provides our body with energy for metabolism.

Triglycerides parameters

  • <150mg per deciliter (mg/dL) is normal
  • Between 150-200 mg/dL is borderline
  • > 200 mg/dl is high (increased risk of atherosclerosis)
  • > 500mg/dl is dangerously high (may cause pancreatitis)

Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index is used to define different weight groups in people. High BMI is linked to high blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, and diabetes and heart disease.

BMI parameters

  • < 18.5 – Underweight
  • Between 18.5-24.9 – Normal
  • Between 25 – 29.9 – Overweight
  • > 30 – Obese
  • > 40 – morbidly obese

Blood glucose

High blood glucose can cause damage to blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart and blood vessels. It can accelerate blockages in arteries supplying heart & kidneys.

Blood glucose parameters

  • Between <126 mg/dL- when fasting
  • Up to200 mg/dL – 2 hours after eating

It is important keep your parameters in the normal range to ensure a healthy heart.

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3 Comments

  1. Mahima Kathuria
    November 21, 01:15 #1 Mahima Kathuria

    There are so many people suffering from high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Time to make some changes to our lifestyle.

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  2. Savita Singh
    November 23, 18:49 #2 Savita Singh

    Very useful information, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Gudrun
    February 15, 14:25 #3 Gudrun

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