A survey by Ohio State found that only 35% of Americans know their blood pressure and 44% can name their ideal weight, with even fewer knowing their cholesterol levels and blood sugar. This highlights the importance of being proactive in understanding and managing these numbers for heart health.
Erica Hutson, a young and healthy woman, was surprised to discover she had high cholesterol despite eating what she thought was a healthy diet and staying active. Her experience underscores the importance of knowing these numbers and being vigilant about one’s own health.
Cardiologist Dr. Laxmi Mehta emphasizes the need for individuals to take an active role in understanding and managing their health numbers. Knowing if these numbers are within a healthy range is crucial for making lifestyle changes or using medication to improve them.
Hutson’s experience has motivated her to be more proactive about her own health and set a good example for her children when it comes to heart health. She hopes to instill in them the importance of knowing and managing their health numbers.
Knowing these numbers is easily achievable during a wellness check with a doctor, but staying informed and aware of any changes is key to taking an active role in one’s own healthcare.