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.
The goals are for you to:
|Blood Pressure Levels *||Systolic Goal
|Normal||less than 120 mm hg||less than 80 mm hg|
|Pre-hypertension||120-139 mm Hg||80-89 mm Hg|
|Hypertension Stage 1||140-159 mm Hg||90-99 mm Hg|
|Hypertension Stage 2||greater than 160 mm Hg||greater than 100 mm Hg|
*If you have diabetes and/or heart disease, discuss your target goals with your Health care provider.
|Cholesterol Levels||Goal for people with 0-1 risk factor||Goal for people with 2+ risk factors||Goal for people with Heart Disease or Diabetes|
|Total cholesterol||less than 200 mg/dl|
|less than 160 mg/dl||less than 130 mg/dl||less than 100 mg/dl|
|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