Take charge of your heart health

Research has shown that 80 percent of heart attacks in women are preventable if you make the right choices for your heart, such as changing your eating habits, getting regular exercise and managing cholesterol and blood pressure.

Know your numbers

Blood glucose: A fasting plasma glucose test measures the amount of sugar in the blood. It is used to help diagnose diabetes, which can contribute to heart disease.

Less than 100 mg/dL Normal
100-125 mg/dL Impaired/Pre-diabetes
126 or higher Diabetes

Blood pressure: Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries.

Less than 120/80 Optimal
120-39/80-89 Prehypertension
140/90 or higher High blood pressure

Total blood cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that can clog arteries, leading to heart disease.

Less than 200 mg/dL Desirable
200-239 mg/dL Borderline high
240 mg/dL or higher High

Body mass index: Body mass index is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women.

Less than 18.5 Underweight
18.5-24.9 Normal weight
25-29.9 Overweight
30 or greater Obese