Know Your Numbers by Heart

To monitor your cardiovascular health, keep track of these vital stats.

  • Liz Krieger
Cholesterol: Your total cholesterol level should be less than 200, with HDL (good) cholesterol 60 or higher and LDL (bad) cholesterol under 129.

Triglycerides: Keep your levels under 150.

Blood Pressure: Maintain a balance below 120/80.

Body Mass Index (BMI): This depends on height and weight. Normal levels are 18.5 to 24.9. To calculate yours, go to nhlbisupport.com/bmi.

C-Reactive Protein (CRP): For people with risk factors, a high CRP level (more than 3.0) can signal heart inflammation.