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Heart and Vascular


Issue 1-2: Heart Attack

Front page...

Find a Free Health Screening
Take the "Are You Ready" Quiz
Helping Others During a Heart Attack
Life After a Heart Attack
Cardiac and Stroke Support Groups
Take the Heart Quiz
Know Your Numbers
Understanding High Blood Pressure
Heart Healthy Eating
Reduce Your Sodium Intake
How Can A Cardiologist Help My Heart?
Chew On This
What to Expect at the ER
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Know Your Numbers

Know Your Numbers

Knowledge is power. And knowing your heart stats is one of your most powerful prevention tools. Routine doctor’s visits and health screenings will help you keep tabs on your ticker – but what do the numbers mean?

Here’s a handy reference guide below. But remember, your health goals may be different depending on your current health. Talk with your doctor about what’s right for you.

Factor Goal Status
Total Cholesterol Less than 200 mg/dL  
LDL Cholesterol Less than 100 mg/dL


  100 to 129 mg/dL Near Optimal / Above Optimal
  130 to 159 mg/dL Borderline High
  160 to 189 mg/dL High
  190 mg/dL and above Very High
HDL Cholesterol 50 mg/dL or higher  
Triglycerides Less than mg/dL  
Blood Pressure Less than 120/80 mmHg Optimal
  120-139 / 80-89 Pre-hypertension
  More than 140/90 Hypertension (High blood pressure)
Waist Size Less than 35 inches for women  
  Less than 40 inches for men  

Don’t know your stats? Find a free health screening near you.