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"Women are less likely than men to experience chest pain. If they do, it may not be severe. Research also suggests that women are more likely to have 'atypical' symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue or back pain. Not only are these symptoms easy to ignore, bu


According to the American Heart Association, more women die from cardiovascular disease each year than from any other cause. "That's why it's so important that women know their numbers and get regular screenings for cholesterol and blood pressure," says Dr. Puttappa.

Here are the key measurements to know about yourself.

THE MEASUREMENTNORMAL RANGEWHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW
Blood pressure120/80New research suggests that blood pressure below 120/80 is best for good health.
"Good" Cholesterol(HDL)50 mg/dL or greater"Good" cholesterol helps remove unhealthy fats from inside your arteries, so it's better to have more.
"Bad" Cholesterol(LDL)Less than 160 mg/dL."Bad" cholesterol deposits unhealthy fats on your arteries, so less is better.
Total cholesterolbelow 200 mg/dL"Total cholesterol" is a combination of "good" and "bad" cholesterol.
Blood GlucoseLess than 110-110 mg/dL.A fasting blood glucose test indicates how much sugar is in your blood, and can indicate diabetes or pre-diabetes.
WeightBMI of 25 or lessGo to www.kelsey-seybold.com to calculate your BMI, a ratio of your height to weight.

(Please note: These are guidelines for average women at normal risk of heart disease. Women with a personal or family history of heart disease should consult their physician about these measurements.)