Today's #MyHeartChat hopefully got you thinking about making changes to reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Hopefully some of your questions and concerns were addressed, but there is still room for more information to be obtained. The perfect resource? Your doctor! Ladies (and gents) don't be afraid to ask your doctor questions, that's why he or she is there. Here are some questions that you should ask on your next visit to the doctor's office.
1. What is my risk for heart disease? 2. What is my blood pressure? What does it mean for me, and what do I need to do about it? 3. What are my cholesterol numbers? (These include total cholesterol, LDL or "bad" cholesterol, HDL or "good" 4. cholesterol, and triglycerides.) What do they mean for me, and what do I need to do about them? 5. What are my "body mass index" and waist measurement? Do they indicate that I need to lose weight for my health? 6. What is my blood sugar level, and does it mean I'm at risk for diabetes? 7. What other screening tests for heart disease do I need? How often should I return for checkups for my heart health? 8. What can you do to help me quit smoking? 9. How much physical activity do I need to help protect my heart? 10. What is a heart-healthy eating plan for me? Should I see a registered dietitian or qualified nutritionist to learn more about healthy eating? 11. How can I tell if I'm having a heart attack?
To learn more, visit www.hearttruth.gov Source: The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2007).