Welcome to Know Your Numbers, a new program from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield designed to increase your awareness about the effects of high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Goals of the Program
The goals are for you to:
- Know what your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers are.
- Know what your numbers should be by viewing the Recommended Goals.
- Know how to work with your doctor to reduce your risk factors.
What You Can Do
- At your next doctor's visit:
- Have your blood pressure taken.
- Ask your doctor what your target blood pressure should be.
- Ask to have a lipid (cholesterol) profile drawn.
- Write your numbers down on your Know Your Numbers Wallet Card.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Don't smoke. If you do and would like to quit, call Excellus Care Calls at 1-800-860-2619 option 1.
- Remember to take your medicines.
- Learn to manage your stress.
- Get Moving! You should try for at least 30-45 minutes of aerobic activity on most days. Check with your doctor before you start any exercise program.
|Blood Pressure Levels *
120 mm hg
80 mm hg
||120-139 mm Hg
||80-89 mm Hg
|Hypertension Stage 1
||140-159 mm Hg
||90-99 mm Hg
|Hypertension Stage 2
160 mm Hg
100 mm Hg
*If you have diabetes and/or heart disease, discuss your target goals with your Health care provider.
||Goal for people with 0-1 risk factor
||Goal for people with 2+ risk factors
||Goal for people with Heart Disease or Diabetes
|HDL should be greater than 40 mg/dL
Risk factors include things such as cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, family history of premature heart disease, and Age (men over 45 years; women over 55 years). You should always discuss your individual risk factors and Target Goals with your Health Care Provider.
Source: American Heart Association
Last Updated: July 31, 2006