Controlling High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease by More than Half
New research published in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal Circulation finds that the risk of heart disease can be reduced by more than half in those who manage both high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Despite this, it’s also been found that less than one in every three persons successfully does this.
Although the information is out there and awareness has been raised concerning how to prevent stroke and heart disease, millions of people in the U.S. don’t effectively treat high blood pressure and cholesterol. While there have been some improvements, there is still much more to be done.
The researchers found two ways that may help. The first is seeing a doctor two times a year. And the second is prescribing medication for those at greater risk of high cholesterol and blood pressure. This would include patients who are African-American or Hispanic, older or have already been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease.
It’s estimated that 33 percent of adults have high blood pressure, doubling their risk of heart disease. Just treating this condition could reduce the risk by 25 percent. And those treating elevated cholesterol levels in patients with high blood pressure could reduce the risk by 35 percent. So clearly there is a great health advantage to those who are able to manage both.
However, researchers also indicate that people often overlook low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, often referred to as the bad cholesterol. If it’s been determined that high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or the good cholesterol) levels are good, it may be assumed the same is true for LDL levels. But that isn’t necessarily the case, so it’s important to check both.
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