Know your numbers

American Heart Association - When you go to the doctors office it can be overwhelming. The numbers and recommendations can be lost in the stress of the moment.

Steve talked with Dr. Susan Kemp, Chief of Staff at Christus Health, about what you need to know about the numbers you receive. Here are a few of the tests that are done during health screenings.

Blood Pressure:

Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms so it can’t be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If your blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, be sure to get it checked at least once every two years, starting at age 20. If your blood pressure is higher, your doctor may want to check it more often. High blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes and/or medication.  

Cholesterol:

You might have a fasting lipoprotein profile taken every four to six years, starting at age 20. This is a blood test that measures total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol.You may need to be tested more frequently if your healthcare provider determines that you’re at an increased risk for heart disease or stroke.

Like high blood pressure, often cholesterol can be controlled through lifestyle changes and/or medication.

Glucose:

High blood glucose levels put you at greater risk of developing insulin resistance, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes. Untreated diabetes can lead to many serious medical problems including heart disease and stroke. If you’re overweight AND you have at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor, your healthcare provider may recommend a blood glucose test. Your healthcare provider may also measure glycated hemoglobin A1c levels (A1c %) to estimate risk of prediabetes or diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends regular screening for diabetes risk at age 45, with repeated tests at least every 3 years.

Go Red for Women Luncheon

International author and inspirational speaker Donna Hartley will “fire up”guests at the 2018 NWLA Go Red for Women Luncheon today (February 14) at the Shreveport Convention Center. Cardiac care providers and local survivors will rbe at this stunning show. Pre-program events begin at 10:00a.m.The luncheon will begin promptly at 11:30a.m.


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