5 Numbers For Your Heart
  • Cardiovascular diseases are the number 1 cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.
  • Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing behavioral risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol using population-wide strategies.
  • People with cardiovascular disease or who are at high cardiovascular risk (due to the presence of one or more risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia or already established disease) need early detection and management using counseling and medicines, as appropriate.

1. BMI (Body Mass Index)

  • 18.5-24.9 normal.
  • 25.0-29.9 overweight.
  • 30+ obese.

2. Waist Size

(Measured at your belly button) women less than 35 inches men less than 40 inches

3. Blood Pressure

Top number (systolic) under 120 bottom number diastolic under 80.

4. Cholesterol

Total number less than 200.

5. Blood Sugar

Less than 100 (after fasting 8 hours).


"5 numbers to know for your heart" Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs). N.p., Sept. 2016. Web. Sept. 2016.