The Power of Knowing Your Numbers

Updated:May 2,2016

Track your numbers

Why the attention on heart health measurement?
The publication of new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines has spawned a debate garnering significant media attention. In recent months, record numbers of influential media broadcasters, medical professionals and “normal people” have been talking about the best measures of a person’s heart health.

People should be interested and concerned about the best ways to prevent a heart attack or stroke.  Heart disease remains our nation’s  No. 1 killer, one in three Americans die of cardiovascular diseases and most of us will not remain heart healthy by accident.  In fact, 60% of us will experience a major heart or stroke-related event in our lifetime, but we have the ability to change the odds!

What will you do to live a longer and healthier life?  And how will you know if you’re focusing on what’s most important?
If you’re going to give yourself the best odds, you’ll need to track some key numbers.  Consider the example of your car’s dashboard.  Which of these gauges and indicators can help you get the most out of your vehicle? The gas gauge? Temperature indicator?  Or the oil pressure? Of course, the answer is all of the above. By paying attention to your car’s data and responding with proper care and maintenance, most cars can last an incredibly long time.  Although a car’s engine and human heart are much different, they are both systems with several important indicators to track. 

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Do you know how to read your “heart health dashboard”?  Sometimes the printouts we get from our healthcare providers can be challenging to interpret.  Heart360 is an easy-to-use tool to help you understand and track the most important numbers for both heart attack prevention and living your longest, healthiest life.  Research has shown what it takes to stay heart healthy and by paying attention to your numbers, you’ll know where to place your focus and how to plan your healthiest life in collaboration with your doctor.

The “Big Picture” of Your Heart Health
So, what is the power of knowing your numbers?  It’s simply that by knowing your numbers and tracking them over time, you can begin to understand what you can do to improve your health. Heart360 helps you see at a glance some of the factors related to your overall risk, and what you can do to reduce your risks.   Here are some examples of important health factors to watch.

  • Your healthcare provider’s assessment of your specific risks 
  • Weight and weight loss
  • Cholesterol levels – high levels are a known factor for heart and blood vessel disease
  • Blood pressure control – having high blood pressure increases your risk for heart attack and stroke
  • Lifestyle habits – exercise, diet and nutrition choices, and living smoke-free

By tracking your numbers, you truly do have the power to reduce your risks and the ability to give yourself and those a love more quality years of time together.

Sign up for Heart360 today and embrace the power of knowing your numbers!