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Know the Numbers that Count

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The good news is that there are steps you can take to maintain your heart health and prevent heart disease. Knowing the numbers that count is important for heart health.


The following are goals for numbers that can affect your risk for heart disease:




Total cholesterol

less than 200 mg/dL

LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)

<150 mg/dL

HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol)

men 50 mg/dL or higher

women 40 mg/dL or higher


<150 mg/dL

Blood pressure

<120/80 mm/Hg

Fasting glucose

<100 mg/dL

Body Mass Index (BMI)

<25 kg/m2

Waist circumference

women 35 inches or less

men 40 inches or less

Physical activity

30 minutes 5 days per week



For more information, visit the American Heart Association webpage.


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