Lower your risk of heart disease by getting tested

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KTVI)- When it comes to heart disease, the St. Louis area is one of the worst in the country, said Dr. Michael Lim. Lim is a SLUCare Cardiologist with SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital.

Feb. 1 marks the beginning of American Heart Month. During American Heart Month, SSM Health and Saint Louis University hospital is partnering with Fox2 to provide heart-healthy tips and help raise awareness through 'Love Your Heart St. Louis'.

Heart disease is the number one killer of people in America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Listed below are some quick numbers to see if you fall in the healthy range to avoid heart disease.
Blood pressure
Less than 130/80 mm Hg

Blood cholesterol
A total cholesterol score of less than 180 mg/dL is considered optimal.

Body weight
A body mass index (BMI) of 18.6-24.9
Waistline smaller than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men

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