During a checkup, your doctor takes a close look at the “numbers” that offer a picture of your health. Find out why they’re important, and talk with your doctor about what your numbers are.
Body mass index (BMI)
18.5 to 24.9
Many people don’t understand what heart failure is because the name makes it seem like the heart has stopped—or is about to stop—working. However, heart failure actually means that the heart isn’t pumping enough blood to meet the body’s needs.
Blood pressure refers to the force of blood against the inside walls of blood vessels as it flows. Blood travels through these vessels carrying oxygen, vitamins, and essential nutrients to all parts of the body.
You’ve just been diagnosed with a chronic health condition such as diabetes or heart disease. You met with your doctor, googled your condition, and still have a lot of questions. What's your next step?
Managing your blood sugar is important if you have diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a simple blood test can measure your average blood sugar levels over the past three months, helping you keep track of this important number.
In Rhode Island, one in three of us has high blood sugar levels, which increases our chance of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
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