Heart  Risk Checklist                     by  Janice Kumar


I have written an article about foods for a healthy heart with general life style tips which are useful for each and every one of us. In this short article, I will mention some specify medical and physiological risk factors and try to advise some  solutions.

Blood Pressure

It is important to keep blood pressure below 130/80 mmHg. Anything above 130 mmHg Systolic is high risk especially for elderly people (over the age of 55 years).  Check out my article on how to reduce blood pressure and low blood pressure problems  for more information and guidance.

Bad Cholesterol

This is one of the well known factors affecting heart health. It is important to reduce this Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) to under 100 mg/dl.  Bad Cholesterol contributes to hardening arteries, restricting blood flow and over time is a leading cause of heart problems. Some natural foods that help in reducing bad cholesterol include Bengal Gram and Soya. Find more information in my Heart Foods article.

Good Cholesterol

This is one of the less known factors affecting heart health. It is suggested by doctors to keep this High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) above 40 mg/dl (for men) and above 50 mg/dl (for women) for healthy arteries. HDL is seen to help counteract the ill effect of LDL and help maintain healthy arteries. However HDL below recommended levels is seen to do more harm rather than good. Therefore it is important to get the right balance.

Control Triglycerides

It is recommended by doctors that it is important to keep triglycerides below 150 mg/dl. This is a form of fat and contributes to the problem with arteries causing pressure on heart.

Cholesterol levels can be checked easily with a blood test. The results need to be evaluated by a doctor to identify border line cases and also cases where medication is required.


Control of blood sugar levels is important to maintain a healthy body and healthy heart. People with diabetes have a significant heart risk, so it is important to maintain blood sugar levels within control through medication. Some natural foods that also help are given in our Diabetes Cures article. 


Obesity is a  significant risk factor. Reduce weight if obese to reduce the risk of heart problems. Some Diet Tips can be found here.

Smoking and Alcohol intake

Smokers have a significantly higher risk of heart problems. It is also recommended that alcohol intake may be limited for reduced risk. It is best not to smoke and drink only in moderation.


I hope you found the above concise write up useful. It is really never too late to start  to take control of your health for a healthy life.  


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