Preface: The title of this Roland’s Ramblings and the text that follows is a copy and paste of an e-mail I received from Medical Mutual of Ohio®.
A heart attack or stroke may not have any warning signs, but a key contributor to these life-threatening conditions is high cholesterol. You can regularly monitor your cholesterol with an annual physical, which is covered by most insurance plans.
High cholesterol increases the risk of:
Coronary artery disease – Clogged arteries that decrease blood flow to the heart
Angina – Chest pain from the heart not getting enough blood and oxygen
Ischemia – A deficiency of blood and oxygen to the heart
Heart Attack – A sudden artery blockage that decreases oxygen to the heart
Stroke – A sudden artery blockage that decreases oxygen to the brain
Lower your risk by maintaining optimal blood cholesterol numbers:
Total cholesterol – less than 200 mg/dL
LDL (bad cholesterol) – less than 100 mg/dL
HDL (good cholesterol) – 60mg/dL or higher
Triglycerides – less than 150mg/dL
Learn how to control (and lower) your blood cholesterol levels and protect your heart with therapeutic lifestyle changes like the following:
Eat a healthy diet with daily servings from all of the food groups to help lower bad cholesterol.
Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity/exercise daily to help raise good cholesterol.
Keep your body mass index within the healthy range (18.5 to 24.9) to lower bad cholesterol.
Talk to your healthcare provider before starting any diet or exercise program.