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Know Your Numbers
Know Your Numbers
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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

  1. 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.
  2. Eat a healthy diet.
  3. Don't smoke. If you do and would like to quit, call Excellus Care Calls at 1-800-860-2619 option 1.
  4. Remember to take your medicines.
  5. Learn to manage your stress.
  6. 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.

Recommended Goals:

Blood Pressure Levels * Systolic Goal
(top number)
Diastolic Goal
(bottom number)
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
(bad cholesterol)
less than
160 mg/dl
less than
130 mg/dl
less than
100 mg/dl
(good cholesterol)
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

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