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.
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