Know Your Numbers

Keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol in check can help to reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other health issues. If you are have having difficulty controlling your numbers, the cardiologists at Midwest Heart and Vascular Specialists can help.

As a part of the HCA Midwest Health Heart and Vascular Institute, we are Kansas City’s first choice for cardiovascular care. From testing and diagnosis to long-term management and treatment of complex conditions, we provide the comprehensive, leading-edge care our patients deserve. And with over 11 locations in the region, we make caring for your heart convenient.

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Know Your Numbers

Keeping these numbers in check can help reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and several other health issues.

Blood Pressure

Alert your doctor if your readings are consistently over 140/90.

Systolic (top#) Diastolic (bottom #) Blood Pressure Category
Less than 120, and Less than 80 Normal
120-139, or 80-89 Prehypertension
140-159, or 90-99 High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 1
160-159, or 100 and over High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 2
Above 180, or Above 110 Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency care needed)


Total Blood Cholesterol

Cholesterol Level Result
Less than 200 mg/dL Desirable
200-239 mg/dL Borderline High
240 mg/dL and over High

LDL Cholesterol

Your low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL aka "bad" cholesterol) goal depends on your risk for heart disease and stroke. Ask your doctor to determine your risk.

Cholesterol Level Result
Less than 100 mg/dL Optimal
100-129 mg/dL Near or Above Optimal
130-159 mg/dL Borderline High
160-189 mg/dL High
190 mg/dL and over Very High

HDL Cholesterol

Less than 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women increases the risk for heart disease. An high-density lipoprotein (HDL aka "good" cholesterol) level of 60 mg/dL or more helps protect against heart disease.


Cholesterol Level Result
Less than 100 mg/dL Optimal
Less than 150 mg/dL Normal
150-199 mg/dL Borderline High
200-499 mg/dL High
500 mg/dL and over Very High