Women + Heart Health

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First, Happy National Women’s Month! At It’s Always the Heart, everything this month is focused on WOMEN! You can expect some great information on heart disease prevention (physical and spiritual) and some personal reflections on what the women in my life have taught me about heart health. I’d like to start the month off by helping you understand 2 key performance measures that are helpful when trying to prevent heart disease.

BLOOD PRESSURE      

High blood pressure is known to have a negative impact on our hearts so it’s important to know and understand healthy blood pressure numbers. Any time you are given your blood pressure numbers, you should know that the top number is your systolic blood pressure (or the pressure measured when your heart contracts). The bottom number is your diastolic blood pressure, which is the pressure measured when your heart is relaxed.  A healthy systolic number should be below 120 while your diastolic should be below 80. Any numbers outside of this range should be discussed with your doctor immediately. This could be a sign of hypertension, a known factor of heart disease.

BLOOD SUGAR

High blood sugar is also known to negatively impact our hearts because elevated levels can result in the development of plaque in your arteries. On the other hand, low blood sugar can be a problem too! By the time you’re 30, you should have your blood sugar numbers every couple of years. By your 40s, increase this check up to annually. Appropriate levels should fall between 70-99 mm/dL. Again, numbers outside of this range should be discussed with your doctor immediately.

Obviously, a heart healthy diet, regular exercise, and self-care are important routines to add to your life, but keeping up with your blood pressure and blood sugar numbers can help you to measure your heart health factors.

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