Rhode Island Monthly Go Red 2011 : Page 12

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women. That’s a scary statistic, until you factor in the good news: you can take significant steps to reduce your risk. All it takes is a few minutes and a few clicks. The Go Red Heart CheckUp is a free online assessment tool that helps women take charge of their heart health. You simply enter your information into the Go Red Heart CheckUp questionnaire on our website at GoRedForWomen.org . Within seconds, you’ll get an easy-to-read report that evaluates your risk of having a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within the next decade, identifies risk factors that can be changed, and provides a personalized action plan that can be printed and used as a basis for discussing heart health with your doctor. Before you start, here’s what you’ll need to know. The information you get out of the Go Red Heart CheckUp is only as accurate as the information you put in. That’s why it’s important to have current readings on your total cholesterol, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, HDL (“good”) cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, fasting glucose, height, weight, and waist circumference with you as you complete the questionnaire. If you don’t have those numbers from a recent physical exam, take the form below along to your next doctor’s visit, and use it to record the information. Since early 2007, more than 1.5 million women have increased their knowledge of their heart health by taking the Go Red Heart CheckUp . Go Red For Women is out to change your life. And the world. Before the American Heart Association introduced Go Red For Women , few people realized just how big a threat heart disease poses to women. Many were stunned to learn that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women. Go Red For Women was created to raise awareness of the danger heart disease poses to women and to help them make choices to reduce their personal risk. My Go Red Heart CheckUp Numbers Your first choice to living a heart-healthy life? Visit GoRedForWomen.org . Next? Know and understand the numbers that matter most. Knowing your numbers is an important part of keeping your heart healthy. These numbers can help you and your doctor determine your risks and mark the progress you’re making toward a healthier heart. Use these numbers to complete the Go Red Heart CheckUp at GoRedForWomen.org . I Need to Know Total Cholesterol LDL (“Bad”) Cholesterol HDL (“Good”) Cholesterol Triglycerides GO RED FOR WOMEN 2011 Blood Pressure Fasting Blood Glucose Height (feet/inches) Weight (pounds) Waist (inches) Cigarettes Per Day Minutes of Exercise/Day <35 inches 0 30 My Numbers My Goal < 200 mg/dL <160 mg/dL 50 mg/dL or higher <150 mg/dL <120/80 mm Hg <100 mg/dL 12

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