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The American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology has issued new guidelines on the prevention of heart disease. These are the goals recommended for six primary heart disease risk factors:

  • People should stop smoking completely, and everyone should have no exposure to send-hand smoke
  • Blood pressure should be lower than 140/90, and if you have diabetes or chronic kidney disease, blood pressure should be lower than 130/80
  • LDL (“bad”) cholesterol should be less than 100 mg/dL
  • Everyone should get 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity at least five days per week, and weight training at least two days a week should be added to the regimen
  • Body mass index should range from 18.5 to 24.9. Waist should measure less than 40 inches for men and less than 35 inches for women.
  • If you have diabetes, your HbA1C test, which measures the average amount of sugar in your blood for the past two to three months, should be less than 7 percent

Overall, the new guidelines emphasize more aggressive treatment of risk factors in order to stop cardiovascular disease before it begins. It’s extremely important to talk with your doctor to find out what your risk factors are and what aggressive measures you personally should take to lower your risk profile.

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