Know Your Numbers, Learn Your Risk Factors

Get information on your personal risk factors.It's important to know your risk when it comes to heart disease.


By having a simple conversation with your health care provider, you can learn your risk factors and how to better prevent heart disease from happening to you.


Here's a list of questions to ask your provider, as recommended by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Take this list with you to your next visit and learn more about your personal risk factors.


Questions should include:

  • What is my risk for heart disease?
  • What is my blood pressure?
    • What do the numbers mean, and what do I need to do about it?
  • What are my cholesterol numbers?
    • What do they mean, and what do I need to do about them?
  • How much do I weigh?
  • What is my body mass index (BMI)?
  • What is my waist circumference?
  • Do I need to lose weight?
  • What is my blood sugar level?
    • Am I at risk for diabetes?
  • What other screening tests should I have?
  • How often should I return for checkups?