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Preventing heart disease

Blood pressure and cholesterol goals

Prediabetes is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD refers to a diseased heart (cardio) and diseased blood vessels (vascular). CVD can cause heart attack and stroke.

Two conditions that can lead to CVD are high blood pressure and high levels of low-density lipids (LDL or "bad" cholesterol).

Understanding blood pressure and cholesterol and reaching recommended goals can help prevent CVD and reward you with a healthier heart.

Related resources

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Prediabetes: Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Risk Through a Lifestyle of Good Nutrition and Activity, first edition, dia-ah-94403
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education
First Published: 04/02/2009
Last Reviewed: 01/28/2019