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So, once you identify your risk level by weighing your numbers, family history and lifestyle, you can develop the proper program to get your heart into tip-top shape. Your physician will work closely with you to help to make the proper changes and to develop a customized plan that will work for you. When you’re talking to your physician, keep the following questions in mind:

  • What is my blood pressure?
  • What are my cholesterol levels? This includes total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides.
  • Am I at a healthy weight for a woman my age and height? What is my BMI?
  • Am I at risk for diabetes? What is my blood glucose level?
  • How often should I come for screenings about my heart health?
  • What type of diet changes do you recommend for me? Do you recommend that I see a registered dietitian?
  • Do you advise that I change my exercise schedule? If so, what do you recommend?
  • Can you help me to stop smoking?

Maintaining a close and open relationship with your primary care physician will certainly help to keep tabs on your heart health. No matter how healthy you are, it’s never too earl–or too late–to start seriously thinking about the possibility of heart disease.

Click below to read about related topics.

Introduction
A Healthy Heart
Cardiovascular Disease
Understanding the Risks
Interpreting the Numbers
Steps You Can Take Today
On the Road to a Healthy Heart