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Checklist for your Doctor

Know your numbers.

The following chart lists the medical tests and exams that should be part of your regular office visits. Use this checklist as a tool to talk with your doctor and to make sure you get the care for your heart disease that the experts recommend.

Medical Test / Examination Why What Result Should Be How Often Test is Typically Needed
Blood Sugar Checks to see sugar level in the blood, high levels can damage your blood vessels and is a sign to your doctor that you should be checked for diabetes too Less than 100 At least every 3 years
Blood Pressure1 Checks if medicine is needed to control blood pressure and reduce risks of problems in your heart, eyes, kidneys and nerves Less than 120/80mmHg* Every doctor visit
Body Mass Index Being overweight or obese makes it more difficult for your heart to work, as it should. Between 18.5 and 24.9 Every doctor visit
Cholesterol A high level of cholesterol puts you at risk for heart problems, if it is high your doctor can tell ways that might lower it. Your doctor can give you advice on how to improve your level.  Less than 200 At least once a year
Cholesterol Control
(LDL-Bad Cholesterol)2 High levels promote fat deposits that narrow arteries, and fatty deposits or plaques can rupture causing a heart attack or stroke. Your doctor can give you advice on how to improve your level. LDL less than 100 mg/dL* At least once a year
Cholesterol HDL-Good Cholesterol HDL Cholesterol helps break down LDL cholesterol  when your doctor knows both he or she can give you best advice. Greater than 40 At least once a year
Triglycerides In addition to adding to heart disease problems high triglyceride levels tell your doctor to check you for other health issues like diabetes and that medicines you are taking may need to be changed. Less than 150 At least once a year
Smoking Status and Stop Smoking Advice Smoking increases the rate at which complications from heart disease occur and can cause other health issues Stop smoking Review at every doctor visit
Waist Measurement When you gain too much weight in your stomach it increase your chances of heart disease problems Men: less than 40 inches
Women less than 35 inches
At least every two years

1 If you are being treated for hypertension and or diabetes, the treatment goal is less than 130/80.
2 Further reduction to less than 70 may  be reasonable.  Talk to your doctor or care manager.

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