Almost 90 million Americans have been diagnosed with elevated blood pressure, defined as 130/80 mm Hg and higher. Adults must remain aware of their blood pressure because Hypertension & Cholesterol, often known as the silent killer, can be asymptomatic for years. Sudden events like stroke, heart failure, renal failure, heart attack, or death can occur without proper high blood pressure management.
Another risk is unknown high cholesterol, as it links to Hypertension. High cholesterol leads to Hypertension because the arteries harden and narrow due to cholesterol plaque and calcium. As a result, it is more challenging for the heart to pump blood, causing blood pressure to be abnormally high. Adults should also monitor their cholesterol regularly.
Sadly, most people do not consistently check their blood pressure or cholesterol, so they are unaware that they should be on medication to manage their condition. Additionally, at least 25% to 30% of people already on medication still do not effectively control their blood pressure.
Managing hypertension & cholesterol involves in-depth patient education, lifestyle modification, patient compliance, and medication. An informed patient with Hypertension can control their blood pressure to avoid erectile dysfunction, low blood pressure, high glucose or cholesterol, and renal failure. The most diligent patients are frequently able to control their condition to the point that they no longer require medication.
Contact our office to schedule a physical to ensure that your blood pressure and cholesterol are at a healthy level.