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
Triglycerides __________________ Less than 150
Blood Pressure __________________ Less than 120/80
Blood Sugar Level __________________ Less than 100
Height/Weight __________________ 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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