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4 Key Steps to Keep Your Hubby Healthy

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Keeping Your Husband Healthy, Man checking his own blood pressure to stay healthy

Know His Heart-Health Digits


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men, and half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no warning signs. Knowing your man's numbers from important heart health screenings could save his life.

Knowing his body mass index (BMI) is a key sign of whether he is in good cardiovascular health. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is ideal.

Other important numbers to know include his:

  • Blood pressure - This should be lower than 120/80 mm Hg. Have it checked every one to two years, or more frequently if his numbers have been high in the past.
  • Cholesterol - A total cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL is ideal.
  • Have it checked starting at age 35, or earlier if he uses tobacco, is obese, has diabetes or high blood pressure, or has a personal or family history of heart problems.
  • Blood glucose - Blood glucose levels are a marker for diabetes, which can go hand in hand with heart disease. Adults ages 45 and older should consider having their blood glucose level tested every three years, or more often if they are overweight or have heart disease.

Men ages 45 and older should also ask their doctor if they should take aspirin to help prevent heart disease.

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