Heart Health: 6 Numbers You Need to Know

What you need to know about BMI, fasting glucose, triglycerides and more

Is Your LDL Cholesterol as Low as It Should Be? (Infographic)

When it comes to your health, there are some numbers you should know by heart. Discover if your numbers are where they should be, and get tips for disease prevention and heart-healthy living in these infographics:

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1. LDL Cholesterol

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is a major cause of coronary heart disease. It’s the culprit behind most cholesterol buildup and arterial blockages in your body.
Find out if your LDL cholesterol level is where it should be.

2. Body Mass Index or BMI

Your BMI calculates your body fat, based on your height and weight. The higher your BMI, the greater your risks of heart disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes.
Discover whether your score is in the healthy range.

3. Waist Circumference

Did you know that having an “apple” shape, where fat sits around your middle, is more risky for your heart than having a “pear” shape, where fat sits around your hips?
Find out if your waist circumference puts you at risk for heart disease and other problems.

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4. Triglycerides

Many people don’t realize that triglycerides are not a type of cholesterol. But high levels of this blood fat are linked to coronary heart disease, especially in women.
Find out if your levels put you at risk and learn how to lower them.

5. Blood Pressure

Blood pressure often, but not always, rises as we age. High blood pressure (hypertension) is silent, but it raises risks of heart disease, stroke and other problems.
Find out what your numbers say about your heart disease risk and how to lower them.

6. Fasting Glucose

When your body can’t make insulin or respond well to it, glucose builds up in the blood, damaging blood vessels and nerves.
Find out what your fasting glucose level says about your risk for heart disease and stroke.