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 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 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 provider about my medications on __________. Medications can help treat and prevent the progression of heart disease in many people. Talk with your provider about aspirin, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and statins.
Although these are suggested guidelines for care, please check with your benefits plan for coverage.
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