What can everyone do to prevent heart disease?
The American Heart Association has established the ABC's for heart health:
- A - Avoid Tobacco
- B - Become more active
- C - Choose good nutrition
ALSO...KNOW your NUMBERS!
Have a lipid profile done once a year, by your physician OR there are places that can check your lipid profile with just a finger poke with results in 10 minutes. The cost is usually less than $50. I provide it for my clients for $30 in the month of February. Locate another dietitian or pharmacy at www.hy-vee.com for availability.
- Total Cholesterol <200
- LDL ("L" for loser or bad cholesterol) <130
- HDL ("H" healthy cholesterol) >60
- Triglycerides (fat in your blood) <150
- Blood Pressure <120/80
Have a healthy heart - wear red and remember your ABC's.