Lukes and Roosevelt Hospitals Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program
Volume 2, Issue 1

Partners in Health Care: Know Your Numbers
You are a partner in your own health care. At the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program we make it a point to give each patient a copy of their lab report and other tests. Many patients keep track of their blood pressure and other risk factors and bring their records with them to appointments. On this card we list the important numbers you should know and what they mean. Risk Factor Blood Pressure Blood Glucose (Sugar) Optimal < 120 mmHg/< 80 mmHg < 100 mg/dL > 40 mg/dL for men HDL Cholesterol > 50 mg/dL for women < 100 mg/dL for high-risk people LDL Cholesterol < 130 mg/dL for intermediate-risk people < 160 for low-risk people Triglycerides < 150 mg/dL 18.5- 24.9 is normal Body Mass Index (BMI) 25 or more is overweight 35 inches or less for women Waist Circumference 40 inches or less for men Description Top number (systolic)/Bottom number (diastolic) A fasting result which helps to diagnose diabetes. This is the “good” cholesterol. It takes the bad cholesterol out of your body. This is the “bad” cholesterol. A fatty substance that is harmful when too high. Your weight in kilograms/height in meters squared. Find your BMI at If your waist is larger than these numbers, it is an indicator that you are carrying too much weight.

The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals is a specialized

program that focuses entirely on heart and vascular disease prevention. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients with heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as helping those with risk factors lower their risk for having the disease. With cardiovascular disease being the number one killer of men and women in America, prevention of cardiovascular disease is more important than ever. Components of the program include cholesterol and full lipid profile testing and treatment, management of high blood pressure, smoking cessation, nutrition evaluation, weight loss counseling, physical fitness assessment and exercise counseling. We also offer a unique program dedicated to reducing the heart risks associated with participation in competitive and recreational sports and exercise, including weight training. Stress testing and cardiac ultrasound are also available.

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program 425 W. 59th Street, Suite 9D New York, NY 10019

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program
Merle Myerson, MD, EdD, FACC, Director
425 W. 59th Street, Suite 9D or 374 W. 125th Street

(212) 492-5550

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