Sutter Health Employees Celebrate National Wear Red Day
Earlier this month employees from across the Sutter Health not-for-profit network came to work dressed in red for National Wear Red Day®–a nationwide movement aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of heart disease and stroke in women.
Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. But, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Sutter Health cardiologist, Diane Sobcowicz, M.D., says knowing the following heart health indicator numbers could help save your life.
Healthy cholesterol guidelines call for:
- Total cholesterol (LDL plus HDL) below 200 mg/dl
- LDL at 100 mg/dl and below
- HDL at 50 mg/dl and above
- Triglycerides below 150 mg/dl
The guidelines for ideal blood pressure:
- 120/80 or less: Normal blood pressure reading.
- 120-139/80-89: Pre-hypertension. This measure is a warning sign of potential problems, and a doctor will recommend you begin lifestyle changes to reduce your pressure. (See 7 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure.)
- 140/ 90 and above: Hypertension, or high blood pressure. These numbers indicate you should find a way to reduce your blood pressure, which may involve lifestyle changes and/or medications.
- 180/100 or above: Readings this high can be dangerous and should be addressed immediately by a physician.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Your BMI is your weight in relation to your height.
- An ideal BMI falls between 18.5 – 24.9
- A BMI of 25 – 29.9 puts a person in the overweight category.
- A BMI of 30 is clinically obesity.
Fasting blood sugar tests diagnose diabetes and involve a simple blood test administered after not eating or drinking anything but water for eight hours.
- Normal fasting blood sugar is less than 100 mg/DL.
- Fasting blood sugar levels of 100 to 125 mg/DL point to prediabetes.
- Anything above 125 mg/DL falls into the diabetic range.