Knowing your risk for heart disease, along with what you can do to protect your heart, is an important part of taking care of your health. Take these questions along to your next doctor’s appointment to get the facts.
- What is my risk for heart disease?
- What is my blood pressure? What does it mean for me and what do I need to do about it?
- What are my cholesterol numbers? (These include total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides- a type of fat found in the blood and food.) What do they mean for me and what do I do about them.
- What are my body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement? Do I need to lose weight for my health?
- What is my blood-sugar level, and does it mean that I am at risk for diabetes? If so, what do I need to do about it?
- What other screening test do I need to help protect my heart?
- What can you do to help me quit smoking?
- How much physical activity do I need to help protect my heart?
- What’s a heart healthy eating plan for me?
- How can I tell if I’m having a heart attack? If I think I’m having one what should I do?
-Sources: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health