Care Team

Reduce your risk. Know your numbers.
Know the signs.

While there are a number of risk factors you cannot control when it comes to heart disease, such as age, gender and heredity, there are factors you CAN control. Knowing what risk factors you need to modify means you need to know your numbers when it comes to body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and more. See below for guidelines on numbers and tips for preventing heart and vascular diseases.

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Body Mass Index (BMI)
A healthy weight involves a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. Click here to calculate your BMI. If you need help losing weight, check out our weight management program or consider joining West Wood Health & Fitness Center after taking advantage of a free one-week trial.


Physical Activity
A recommended goal is to achieve 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity weekly. The personal trainers at West Wood Health & Fitness Center can help create an exercise program tailored to your needs. Click here for a free one-week trial at West Wood.


Following are diet recommendations:

  • 4.5 cups of fruit and vegetables daily

  • 3 oz. or more of whole grains daily

  • At least 2 servings of fish per week

  • Under 450 calories from beverages with added sugar per week

  • Under 1,500 mg of sodium per day

Blood pressure

  • Less than 120 mm HG for systolic

  • Less than 80 mm HG for diastolic

Blood Cholesterol

  • Less than 200 mg/dL

Blood Sugar

  • Less than 100 mg/dL

Nearly 800,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year. That's one in every four deaths, making heart disease the leading cause of death for both men and women. Too often the signs of a heart attack present themselves and they are mistaken for less serious ailments. People simply ignore the symptoms, sometimes lying down believing they will "go away." Protect yourself by knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and be prepared to take action.


Signs & Symptoms

  • Chest pressure or pain that may come and go

  • Upper body pain (shoulders, arms, neck, back,* jaw* or teeth)

  • Stomach pain that may feel like heartburn

  • Light-headedness, dizziness or fainting

  • Nausea or vomiting*

  • Sweating

  • Shortness of breath*

  • Unusual or unexplained fatigue

  • Anxiety

*Women are more likely than men to experience these symptoms