LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –Continuing with National Heart Month, certain numbers, like heart rate, cholesterol and blood pressure, can be improved.
Numbers, numbers everywhere. Experts recommend managing and maintaining your numbers, but where do you start? Southwest Oklahoma Heart and Vascular Center cardiologist Dr. Eugen Ivan says the first number to be aware of is your heart rate.
"Normal heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. Abnormal is anywhere below or above those numbers," Dr. Ivan said.
Next on the list of numbers you need to keep a close eye on is blood pressure. This is represented as two numbers, the systolic pressure, the top number, and the diastolic pressure, the bottom number.
"Blood pressure should be lower than 140 over 90 mm mercury for all people, and there are special targets that apply for people that have certain diseases such as chronic kidney disease or diabetes. But it's important to keep the blood pressure at a normal level," Dr. Ivan explained.
Dr. Ivan says the recent guidelines for cholesterol have changed, so it's important to go see your doctor so they can individualize what's best for you. As for lowering and managing these numbers, there are a few factors to keep in mind. Lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet and getting regular physical activity can help keep your numbers in check. Knowing your family history and risks for heart disease is also important. And the only way to find out if your numbers are a concern is to have them measured annually and have regular visits with your doctor.
"Maintaining a good, healthy lifestyle will go a long way towards helping maintain your blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol within normal boundaries. They will overall lead to a longer and healthier life," Dr. Ivan said.
In other health news, Comanche County Memorial Hospital will host a weight loss options luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Conference Center. The cost is $5 and includes a healthy lunch. The guest speaker will be bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Sawyer. He will discuss innovative weight loss options. For more information and to make a reservation, call 580-585-5406.
Also, mark your calendar for the healthy heart screenings, which will be held on Feb. 29 and March 1 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Oakwood Conference Center. The screening is $20 and includes A1C; good, bad and total cholesterol; triglycerides and heart risk assessment. To make an appointment, call 580-585-5406.
The Good Hearted Woman luncheon will be held on Monday, Feb. 29, at 11:30 a.m. in the Maple Conference Room. The cost is $5 and cardiologist Dr. Ronald Woodson will be speaking about women and heart disease. To make a reservation, call 580-585-5406.