5 numbers you don't know but should

Published On: Feb 04 2014 05:17:02 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Pass codes, phone numbers, social security numbers, clothing sizes and addresses. We all have a lot of numbers in our heads, but heart experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say there are five more you need to know to help keep your cardiovascular system healthy.

“These are the numbers doctors use to assess someone’s risk for getting heart disease, both short term and throughout their lifetime,” says Dr. Martha Gulati, director of preventive cardiology and women’s cardiovascular health at Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital. “When you monitor these numbers, you are empowered to work with your doctor to improve your heart health.”

Gulati says the most important numbers to know are:

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, killing about 600,000 Americans each year.

“Information is power,” Gulati said. “If you can reduce any of those numbers, you can lower your overall lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease.”

Source: http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/mediaroom/Pages/home.aspx