Rochester Dentist: Know Your Heart Health Numbers


Did you that one of out every three deaths in the United States results from heart disease or stroke? February marks the beginning of American Heart Month. Across the country, medical professionals and health care organizations are trying to raise awareness about heart disease prevention. In today’s blog, your Rochester family dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, discusses the importance of knowing your heart health numbers.

Talk to Dr. Calcagno

Patients suffering from heart disease should always alert Dr. Calcagno of their condition before undergoing even routine dental care. Give Dr. Calcagno the name and number of your cardiologist; along with a list of any medications you may be taking and the corresponding dosages. For patients with certain heart conditions, Dr. Calcagno may request paperwork from your physician outlining the state of your heart health. The wellbeing of our patients is paramount, and Dr. Calcagno always follows strict safety protocols for our patients with heart issues.

Important Numbers

To monitor and reduce your risk of heart disease, patients need to pay attention to three numbers. First, a patient’s blood pressure should fall below 120/80. Over 74 million Americans have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease. Next, a patient’s total cholesterol level, known as a lipid score, should be 200 mg/dl or lower. Finally, pay attention to your waistline. Obesity is reaching epidemic levels in the United States, and being overweight often leads to heart disease. Men with a waistline of 40 inches or more and women with a waistline of 35 inches or more see an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.


Heart disease prevention is possible with diet and exercise. Simply exercising for 30 minutes a day and maintaining a diet low in trans fats, sodium, or cholesterol helps a patient avoid heart disease and stroke. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid candy and soda. These simple steps can protect your dental health, as well as your heart health.

Schedule a Visit with Your Rochester Family Dentist

Do you exhibit symptoms of heart disease and require quality dental care? Dr. Calcagno is ready to address any questions or concerns you may have. Make an appointment with your Rochester family dentist by calling 507-281-3659. Our 55902 dentist office offers the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. We serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.