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KNOW YOUR ABCS TO LOWER YOUR RISK FOR CARDIO VASCULAR DISEASE

By: Inter Valley Health Plan





A1c CONTROL- This long-term blood sugar measurement should be less than 7%.

ASPIRIN THERAPY- Prescribed dosages can prevent blood clots and artery blockage.

BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL- Keep pressure lower than 140/90 mmHg for ages 18-59 and 150/90 mmHg for age 60+

CHOLOESTEROL MANAGEMENT -Your LDL (bad cholesterol) should be less than 100mg/dl.

STOP SMOKING- Ask your doctor about medications or treatments to help you quit.


C is for Cholesterol
When you have “high” cholesterol, it builds up in the walls of the blood vessels. This makes the vessels narrower and blood flow decreases. You are than at greater risk for having a heart attack or a stroke.

Cholesterol is made up of different kinds of fats, or “lipids.” If your total cholesterol is high, knowing the amounts of the different kinds of fats that make up your total cholesterol score is important.

The two of the most important fats are High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). Along with cholesterol, triglyceride (another type of fat) can also lead to blocked arteries. So, knowing your HDL, LDL, triglyceride numbers-as well as your total cholesterol score-gives you a more complete picture.

HDL is the “good” cholesterol

• Moves fat out of the bloodstream and does not block your vessels.
• HDL levels are affected by exercise and what you eat.
• Generally, the HDL level should be 40 or higher if you’re a man-and 50 or higher if you’re a woman.

LDL is the “bad” cholesterol

• Is fat in bloodstream that sticks to artery walls and blocks blood flow.
• LDL levels are most affected by what you eat.
• Generally, LDL should lower than 100.
• Triglyceride is a type of fat the body uses to store energy.
• Too much triglyceride can increase your risk for heart disease.
• Triglyceride levels should be under 150.

S is for Stop Smoking
Smoking affects your heart, as well as your lungs, increasing your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Stop Smoking with Support
When you decide to quit, come up with a plan that’s right for you. There are many forms of support to help you succeed in your plan. The more resources you use to help you quit smoking will increase your chances of reaching your goal- to be cigarette or cigar-free.

Your doctor: Discuss your game plan to quit smoking with your doctor. Keep your doctor informed of your progress and challenges.

Medications/products: Some medications can help curb your cravings and withdraw symptoms, while others slowly decrease the level of nicotine your body absorbs.

Classes and counselors: Quit-smoking classes coach people through the process. You can get to know others in a class, and support each other outside of class. Ask your doctor, local hospital, or public health department to put you in touch with a class.

Stop Smoking Resources: The American Cancer Association, Guide to Quitting Smoking@www.cancer.org and the American Lung Association, Stop Smoking@www.lung.org.


Article From Inter Valley Health Plan

 



 


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