Heart Health

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Heart Health

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the nation and the leading cause of disability among women. Preventing disease by making healthy choices is key to keeping your heart healthy.


Go Red for Women Heart Checkup
Take this chart with you to your next check-up and fill in your personal numbers for each health category. You can take your numbers and log onto the American Heart Association’s Web site to learn how to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke


Total Cholesterol

__________________ Less than 200

LDL (bad) Cholesterol


Less than 100

HDL (good) Cholesterol


50 or higher



Less than 150

Blood Pressure


Less than 120/80
Blood Sugar Level


Less than 100


Talk with your Dr.
Waist Measurement


Less than 35 inches


















Heart Healthy Tips

❑ Remember, ladies, we deserve to have it our way❑ Order that entree broiled or baked instead of fried with the sauce on the side.

❑ Relax and kick back with a 5-ounce glass of red wine and a palm full of almonds on the porch with the girls after work.

❑ The saltshaker is NOT your friend! Don't let it get your blood pressure boiling and your ankles swelling.

❑ Put down the cigarettes - once and for all. Play with your swizzle stick or drink umbrella instead.

❑ A brisk, 30-minute walk 5 days per week with friends is the PeRFeCt time to catch up on the neighborhood news.

❑ How wonderful is this: raw veggies and fruits are GOOD for your heart! Hooray, no time in the kitchen required!

❑ Take a load off your heart! Struggling with weight loss and belly fat? Consider professional help from a registered dietitian.

❑ Depression and anxiety can be hard on the heart. Don't hesitate to get the help you need.

❑ You know what a broken heart feels like, but make sure you can also recognize a heart attack.

❑ NOW is the time to take inventory of your heart disease risk factors! talk to your doctor.

- Pamela B. Morris, MD, Director of Preventive Cardiology, Co-Director of Women's Heart Care; MUSC 

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