Controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol simultaneously may avert heart disease
Researchers have found that if you have high blood pressure and high cholesterol and are treated for both concurrently, you are 50 percent less likely to get heart disease.
The research, headed by medical and pharmacology professor Brent M. Egan, M.D.and published in American Heart Association journal Circulation, analyzed medical records of 17,000 Americans with both hypertension and high cholesterol between 1988 and 2010. The aim was to establish whether people who take medication for both conditions are less likely to develop heart problems than those who take it for one or the other.
Based on their findings, the researchers suggest that doctors prescribe medications that would lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, especially for people who are “older, diabetic, have cardiovascular disease, are Hispanic, or African-American.” They also recommend visiting a doctor at least twice a year to up chances of diagnosis. Since people who have one condition might have the other, or develop it, without knowing, taking medicine for only one leaves them open to developing heart problems because of the other. Egan says that “undertreated high blood pressure and cholesterol affect millions of Americans — posing a major public health threat.”
The study also states that around 33 percent of U.S. adults have hypertension, which doubles the risk for heart disease, and about 32 million people have dangerously high total blood cholesterol. Moreover, according to previous research, treating high blood pressure reduces the risk of heart disease by 25 percent and treating high cholesterol in hypertensive patients can lower the risk by over 35 percent.
In sum, the best way to protect against strokes and heart disease is to control high cholesterol and high blood pressure at the same time. If a person is being treated for one of these conditions, best bet is for them to check with their doctor if they need treatment for both.
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