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It's important to get regular checkups and periodic exams, especially when you have cardiovascular disease. Provide the information requested below to find out how well you're managing your condition.
I had a lipid profile on __________.
A lipid profile is a lab test that measures the amount of certain fats and cholesterol in your blood. High lipid levels can lead to a heart attack or cause your heart disease to worsen. You should have a lipid profile at least once a year.
Your LDL ("bad") cholesterol should be less than 100 mg/dL, and triglycerides--also "bad"--should be less than 150 mg/dL. HDL ("good") cholesterol should be greater than 40 mg/dL for men and greater than 50 mg/dL for women. If you have diabetes and diagnosed cardiac disease or progressive coronary artery disease, despite having an LDL of less than 100 mg/dL, your health care provider may choose an LDL goal of less than 70 mg/dL.
My blood pressure is __________.
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can lead to a heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. Blood pressure-lowering medications can help, but you may also need to make lifestyle changes to achieve the best results. The American Heart Association recommends blood pressure of less than 130/80 mm Hg for people who have heart failure or diabetes. Make sure your blood pressure is checked at every office visit to your health care provider.
I talked with my health care provider about quitting smoking on __________.
If you smoke, quit. Cigarette smoking is a strong risk factor for heart disease. As soon as you quit, your blood vessels begin to return to normal. Talk with your health care provider about ways to help you quit.
I was screened for diabetes on __________.
Have your blood sugar checked every three years if your reading is normal. Early detection and treatment of high blood sugar will help prevent complications associated with diabetes.
I talked with my health care provider about my medications on __________.
Medications can help treat and prevent the progression of heart disease in many people. Talk with your health care provider about aspirin, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and statins.
Although these are suggested guidelines for care, please check with your benefits plan for coverage.