How to Get Healthier Heart Numbers

Follow these steps to lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and other numbers associated with heart health.

How to Get Healthier Heart Numbers

Your heart is central to staying healthy well into old age. The stronger it is and the better it beats, the better you’ll feel as you get older. Learn how you can keep your heart healthy in the years to come by knowing your numbers and following a few simple steps.

Cholesterol by the Numbers

Cholesterol circulates in your blood in different forms, only some of which are bad for you. LDL cholesterol is the major number that doctors use to decide if you need to lower your blood cholesterol. A simple blood test can be done to find your blood cholesterol. If you’re under 40, you should aim to keep your LDL below 190. If you’re over 40, you should aim to have your LDL cholesterol be below 70, especially if you have diabetes or any risk factors for heart disease.

5 Things to Say (& Not to Say) If You See Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

Talking to them about it may be uncomfortable, but it's important not to put it off.

Tackling the issue of dementia when it affects someone near and dear is very difficult, and it is hard to know how to discuss the subject with your affected loved one. However, it is important not to put it off. Just try to make sure it is a gentle encounter — for both of you.

Here are the experts' recommendations on having the first talk.

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