Friday, November 16, 2012

"Know Your Numbers" screening

The Women's Center at a local university had a heart disease screening day. This is something I care about because one of my aunts dropped dead of a heart attack at 46. My dad had his first heart attack at 46. His father had his first heart attack at 46. I'm 42.

I have talked to doctors about this and they have reassured me that it is more lifestyle than genetics. I have gotten the usual screenings and everything is always fine. My doctor offered to put me on statins but since my cholesterol has never been high, I declined. I did agree to a daily low-dose aspirin.

My screenings today were great too. My blood pressure was high when I first got in, but I had walked quickly on my way in and when the nurse took it again after a few minutes it was closer to my usual readings, 119/76.

My cholesterol was 148, with an HDL of 72. It has always been fine.

I didn't know they would take a blood sugar reading so I had eaten before leaving for the screening. The nurse said that my reading of 112 was normal considering that.

I exercise regularly, try to eat healthfully. I don't smoke and rarely drink. I try to manage stress. I am working on losing weight, or trying, at least.

I'm motivated by more than just fitting into my skinny jeans -- staving off the family legacy of diabetes and heart disease is a big motivator for me.

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1 comment:

  1. So reassuring to be informed and know those numbers. And such fab numbers! :D

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