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Healthy heart checklist

It’s important to know what you can do to start living a healthy heart lifestyle. Take these questions and discuss them with your doctor: 1.

What are my risk factors for heart attack? How can I manage the risk factors within my control?

Age Gender Family History Weight Smoking Stress 2.

Are my cholesterol levels healthy? Recommended Targets:

Total Cholesterol 200 mg/dL or less HDL (Good) Cholesterol: More than 60 mg/dL LDL (Bad) Cholesterol Less than 100 mg/dL Triglycerides: Less than 150 mg/dL 3. How can I reach or maintain healthy cholesterol levels? ____________________________________ ___________________________________________ 4. How can I reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure level? (A reading of less than 120/80 mm Hg is considered normal.) ___________________________________________ 5.

How often should I have my blood pressure checked? _________________________________

6.

What is my Body Mass Index (BMI)?

The body mass index is one tool you can use to help determine a healthy range of body fat for your height and weight. To figure your BMI, multiply your weight in pounds by 703, divide your height in inches, then divide again by your height in inches. For example, to get the BMI for a woman weighing 150 pounds and 5’6” (66 inches) tall: 150 x 703=105,450 105,450/66=1597.7 1597.7/66=24.2

BMI Less than 18.5 18.5-24.9 25.0-29.9 Above 30.0

Weight Status Underweight Normal Overweight Obese


7. How can I reach or maintain a healthy weight? ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 8. How can I manage stress? ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 9.

What should I do to increase my physical activity levels?

The American Heart Association recommends that healthy adults ages 18-65 get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days per week. 10. What tests should I know about? ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________

Cancer care checklist

Ask questions. Lots of them. The list below is a good start – just bring this list with you the next time you visit your doctor. It’s a great way to get things started on the right foot. 1. What’s my diagnosis? ______________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 2. What treatment do you recommend? _________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 3. Are there other treatments? ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 4. What are the benefits of these treatments? What are the risks __________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 5.

What medicines are you giving me? What are they for? __________________________________ ___________________________________________

6. How should I expect to feel during treatment? ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 7. What side effects, if any, can I expect to have? ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 8. Will the disease or the treatment keep me from working or caring for my family? ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 9. Will I have any physical limitations? ___________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 10. Whom should I call and what is the best time to call if I have a question? ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________


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