Five numbers to reduce heart disease risk

By WEEK Producer

February 4, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 10:02 PM CDT

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. but you can take control of your fate.

Good heart health starts with knowing five numbers. They are your blood pressure, waist size, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index, or BMI.

A national survey found 2 out of 3 people don't even know what a healthy BMI is.

The answer is 25 and there are free calculators online to find yours. Doctors say these numbers help assess a person's risk for heart disease.

February is Heart Month and the American Heart Association is encouraging you to join the fight against heart disease.

Last year, downtown Bloomington lit up in red to spread awareness.

You can wear red this Friday as part of a national movement for women with heart disease.

It is the number one killer of women in the U.S.

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