For many of us, heart disease is perhaps the number one threat in terms of healthy longevity. And the bad news is that often the first attack is fatal.
The National Health Service says that “Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries. Over time, the walls of your arteries can become furred up with fatty deposits. This can be caused by lifestyle factors and other conditions, such as: smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes.”
Now you know well enough if you smoke or have diabetes, but cholesterol and blood pressure need to be measured to know if they’re high.
Cholesterol requires a simple blood test, and if you are at all concerned, then ask your doctor to be tested. Your cholesterol includes HDL (good), LDL (bad) and some smaller components.
For older adults, the figures that are ideal are:
Total Cholesterol should be less than 5 mmol/L
HDL (good) levels should be greater than 1 mmol/L
Non-HDL should be less than 4 mmol/L (includes LDL)
LDL (bad) should be less than 3 mmol/L
Another measure often taken at the same time is of Triglycerides, which should be below 1.7 mmol/L
Blood Pressure: You can ask the doctor to measure your blood pressure, but I bought a low-cost device to measure it myself once a month. It’s easy to use, and gives you a pulse rate as well as the high/low blood pressure readings. Most health authorities recommend now that, whatever your age, you should keep your blood pressure (high/low) below 120/80, although Dr. Greger in “How Not to Die” states that everyone should aim to get down to 110/65, through a combination of diet and exercise. I’m determined to stay below 120/80 but I’m hoping also to get down to Doctor Greger’s target.Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor, with Heart Rate Pulse Detection
ACCURATE AND FAST: Hylogy blood pressure monitors use high-precision sensor, measuring accuracy of pressure ±3 mmhg, pulse ±5% of reading. Less than 1 minute response time, gives you accurate and fast measurement.
EASY TO UNDERSTAND: This digital blood pressure monitor uses different color classification by systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure and pulse rate. You’ll be able to determine to which category your BP belongs with a single glance.
NHS on heart disease: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronary-heart-disease/
US Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315900.php#recommended-levels
Link to my post on “Cholesterol“