Cardiovascular

Know Your Numbers

The American Heart Association recommends awareness of 5 key heart numbers. Get to know your numbers and learn heart healthy tips to reduce risk for heart and vascular disease.


If this is a medical emergency, call 911.

Are you at risk for heart and vascular disease?

Your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI) are important indicators for understanding your risk for heart and vascular disease and your overall heart health. Talking with your ThedaCare doctor about your numbers and risk factors is crucial to improving your heart health and quality of life.

Your heart depends on it.



1. MANAGE BLOOD PRESSURE
High Blood Pressure is a major risk factor for Heart Disease and Stroke. When your Blood Pressure stays within healthy ranges, you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries and kidneys, which keeps you healthier longer.
LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

2. CONTROL CHOLESTEROL
High Cholesterol contributes to plaque, which can clog Arteries and lead to Heart Disease and Stroke. When you control your Cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages.
LEARN HOW TO CONTROL YOUR CHOLESTEROL

3. REDUCE BLOOD SUGAR
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Over time, high levels of Blood Sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.
LEARN HOW TO REDUCE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR

4. GET ACTIVE
Living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love. Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life.
LEARN HOW TO GET ACTIVE

5. EAT BETTER
A healthy diet is one of your best weapons for fighting Cardiovascular Disease. When you eat a heart-healthy diet, you improve your chances for feeling good and staying healthy - for life!
LEARN HOW TO EAT BETTER

6. LOSE WEIGHT
When you shed extra fat and unnecessary pounds, you reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton. You give yourself the gift of active living, you lower your Blood Pressure and you help yourself feel better, too.
LEARN HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT

7. STOP SMOKING
Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health.
LEARN HOW TO STOP SMOKING