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February 8, 2013

Keys to heart health – know your numbers

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Blood glucose

Starting at age 45, you should have your blood glucose level checked at least every three years. High blood glucose levels put you at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which often leads to heart disease and stroke. If you’re overweight and you have at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor, your doctor may recommend a blood glucose test even if you’re not yet 45.

Take control of your health by having these simple tests and monitoring your heart health numbers throughout your lifetime. Also, if you smoke, be sure to tell your doctor and discuss methods for quitting, as well as how to improve your diet and exercise habits. If you smoke, your doctor can suggest approaches to help quit. If there’s room for improvement in your diet and daily physical activity levels, your doctor can provide helpful suggestions.

Remember, your health is in your hands. Only you, with the assistance of your doctor, can monitor it and keep lifestyle risk factors at bay. Weatherford Regional Medical Center can help. Women 21 and up are invited to join our Healthy Woman program and the Zonta Club of Parker County to learn more about heart disease in women on Thursday evening, Feb. 21.

Visit www.weatherfordregional.com/healthywoman to register for this event or call 817-599-1699.

About the author: Kimberly Strickland, D.O. is a family medicine physician at Weatherford Medical Associates and a member of the medical staff at Weatherford Regional Medical Center. She provides care for men, women and children of all ages and is now accepting new patients. To schedule your appointment, call 817-341-7670 or visit www.weatherfordmedicalassociates.com. Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information to facilitate conversations with their physician.

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