120/80 – Your ideal blood pressure. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease. If your blood pressure is high, talk to your doctor about what you can do to improve it.
5.2 – Health Canada suggests 5.2 mmol/L (millimoles/litre) is an ideal level of total cholesterol. For the two types of cholesterol, you should have a level of more than 0.9 mmol/L of HDL ('good' cholesterol) and less than 3.5 mmol/L of LDL ('bad' cholesterol). A simple blood test can let you know your current levels, speak to your doctor about the test and the results. Oats, nuts, beans, fruits and vegetables can help lower cholesterol levels – read more about it here.
35 – If your waist circumference is more than 35 inches (for women), you are at a higher risk of heart disease.
7 – Not getting enough sleep can have a major effect on your health. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
2300 – Health Canda recommends that adults consume no more than 2300 mg of sodium per day, that's about 1 teaspoon. Click here to learn more about sodium levels in foods and how to reduce the sodium in your diet.
150 – The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.
25 – Fibre can reduce your risk of heart disease, you should aim for 25 grams of fibre per day. Here's a list of high fibre foods to include in your diet.
2 – Although there is some evidence that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart disease, drinking too much can increase your blood pressure and your risk of heart disease. It is recommended women consume less than 2 drinks per day (max 10 per week). (Keep in mind that 5oz of wine is considered one drink)
25 – If your BMI (Body Mass Index) is below 25, Health Canada considers you to be at a healthy weight. You can find the BMI chart here.
8 – Getting the recommended 7-8 daily servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Check out these tips from Health Canada on ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your meals.
For more information about how to reduce your risk of heart disease, visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation website and Health Canada's Heart Health site. Also, speak to your doctor before making any major changes in your diet or lifestyle or if you have any concerns about your heart health.