Seniors, during your next appointment with your physician, there are four questions that you need to ask about your heart.
- HOW’S MY BLOOD PRESSURE?
40% of Americans do not know their own blood pressure numbers, and 64% do not no what the numbers mean, a 2019 study found. Normal blood pressure is 120/80. If the top number is above 120 and or the bottom number is above 80, that is considered elevate.
- WHAT ARE TARGET CHOLESTEROL NUMEBERS, and WHERE ARE MINE?
There are 4-measurements regarding cholesterol
- Total Cholesterol
- High Density Lipids (HDL) considered good cholesterol
- Low Density Lipids (LDL) considered bad cholesterol
- Triglycerides (fats stored in the blood for later use)
The best levels are low LDL and Triglycerides numbers. These numbers vary based on your sex, age and if you have other heart risk issues like diabetes. A recent study found that 50% of all Americans with high cholesterol are confused about the cholesterol levels for them and how to reach those levels.
- CAN YOU REFER ME TO A DIETICIAN?
59% of Heart Doctors state that nutrition can improve heart health as much as medication. But a 2021 study found that 71% of doctors confessed that they recommend less than 10% of their patients to a registered dietician. If your doctor is reluctant is referring you to a dietician, you can find a dietician in your area through The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at eathealthy.com.
- IS IT TIME FOR ME TO SEE A CARDIOLOGIST
If you have serious risk for heart disease, your primary physician will likely refer you to heart specialist (cardiologist). If you have a family history of heart disease or a condition called hereditary cardiac amyloidosis (build up of abnormal proteins in the heart and other organs), asking about the need for a cardiologist is recommended