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Your Healthy Family: Know your personal heart health numbers

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Heart disease is an issue for both men and women and is the leading killer in our country. Heart disease is an issue for both men and women and is the leading killer in our country.
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February is National Heart Month, and Friday February 3rd is National Go Red for Women Day. Heart disease is an issue for both men and women and is the leading killer in our country.  For women, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths every year. The good news is 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle choices.

They say knowing is the half the battle, so ask yourself if you know these four health numbers as they relate to your personal health: Cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index.  

A new survey of 1,000 adults from the Cleveland Clinic shows just 38 percent of people know their blood pressure numbers. 18 percent are aware of their body mass index, and just 12 percent know their level of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol levels.

"If you can keep all those numbers in a normal range, your chances of getting heart disease are very, very low," said Dr. Steve Nissen with the Cleveland Clinic.

A doctor's office can help you learn all of those numbers and cardiologists also recommend monitoring your blood pressure at home.

"Get a good brand name blood pressure cuff and use it according to directions, you're going to get generally within 5 points of what your doctor is going to get in their office," Dr. Nissen said.

Some other proven ways to help prevent heart disease are to exercise every day, manage stress levels, and quit smoking. Also eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and heart healthy fats like nuts and avocados.

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