Know Your Numbers to Reduce Your Heart Risk

Study shows that discussing coronary risk factors with your doctor can help you get your lipid levels under control.

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The most important numbers you should know have to do with your health, according to a study published in the Nov. 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. "People should really know their numbers," says Leslie Cho, MD, FACC, director of Cleveland Clinics Womens Cardiovascular Center and medical director of the Section of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. "This includes blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, cholesterol, weight, and waist circumference." She adds that patients also should be aware of their other cardiac risk factors, including smoking, diabetes, and family history of heart disease.
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