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Heart Healthy Tips
Know Your Numbers
01/31/2011
A desirable total cholesterol is less than 200 mg/dL. Ideal LDL levels are less than 130 mg/dL, and even lower levels (under 100 mg/dL) are recommended in the presence of pre-existing heart disease or other risk factors such as diabetes. Desirable levels of HDL are over 40 mg/dL for men and over 50 mg/dL for women. A desirable blood pressure is 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic), written as 120/80; however, due to individual health issues YOUR desirable blood pressure could be different, so ask your physician. If your blood pressure is over 140/90 make a call to your physician.

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