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Heart Health: Why It’s Vital to Know Your Blood Pressure Readings and Cholesterol Range

Posted on March 2, 2017 and filed under Urgent Care Blog

Numbers don’t lie, and in the case of heart health, they can offer you an honest look at your current health. But certain numbers matter more than others, with the most important numbers being your blood pressure readings, cholesterol ranges, and BMI level. Luckily, it’s easy to learn all of these numbers through a simple physical exam. But since time is of the essence when it comes to the health of your heart, you can’t afford to wait for weeks for an appointment with your primary care physician or spend the money and time required to go to the hospital emergency room, especially when doctors recommend regular testing. Luckily, MD Now is the fast, convenient, and affordable solution for blood pressure measurement, cholesterol tests, and BMI evaluation. Before you learn your vital numbers, discover the ideal results and ranges for the three key heart health tests.

Unbeatable Blood Pressure Readings

Some of the most important numbers in heart health are those revealed in blood pressure readings. Fortunately, blood pressure measurement is a fast and easy process. Your blood pressure range is measured by a special device that analyzes the force of blood that travels within the blood vessel walls as the heart pumps. Through this measurement, your blood pressure readings are determined and expressed in terms of Hg level, which is the comparison between your systolic and diastolic pressures. The systolic pressure is the peak pressure of the blood in the arteries, while the diastolic pressure is the pressure when the heart is completely relaxed. According to medical experts, the ideal blood pressure reading is around 120/80 mm Hg, with a healthy blood pressure range being from slightly lower, to up to 139/89 mm Hg.

Heart-Healthy Cholesterol Ranges

Other essential numbers to know are your cholesterol ranges because the amount of cholesterol in the blood can affect your chance of developing heart disease. Since there are no clear signs or symptoms of dangerous cholesterol levels, regular testing is needed to know current cholesterol ranges. Interestingly, there are both good and bad types of cholesterol, with the good kind known as HDL and the bad one called LDL. A simple cholesterol test can determine your levels of each, with the ideal HDL above 40 mg/dL, a safe LDL below 130 mg/dL, and the optimal combined levels less than199 mg/dL.

Best BMI Results

Obesity is a leading contributing factor in heart disease, but an easy way to gauge your risk is with a BMI reading. BMI stands for body mass index and it can be calculated through a special formula based on your height, weight, and activity level. These calculations correspond to a special BMI range chart that shows whether you’re within a healthy weight range. According to this BMI range chart, a healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. Higher and lower numbers signal a potential problem. 

To determine the health of your heart, visit your nearest MD Now center to have these quick and affordable tests performed as soon as it’s convenient for you.

MD Now Is Your Source for the Highest-Quality Care

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