Check Your Numbers; Managing Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Do you know that high blood pressure and high cholesterol are among the most frequently diagnosed medical problems in our city? Do you know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, and if they are high, are you managing them? It’s important to do so, and here’s why.
Blood pumps from your heart and flows through your body as you go about your day and it’s not something you think about or feel. Cholesterol is inside of everyone and for many people, there is too much. When there is too much, it begins to stick to the sides of the arteries that carry blood to your heart, making it harder for blood to pass. In the same way that you don’t feel your blood pressure, you also don’t feel the cholesterol inside your body.
Normally, when something seems out of whack with your body, you go to the doctor. With high blood pressure and high cholesterol, you won’t feel that they are high until a doctor tells you, or until your health is significantly impacted, through a heart attack, stroke, or sometimes even death.
The good news is that both blood pressure and cholesterol can be easily managed. In combination with a diet low in fat and sodium (salt), exercise, weight loss, and sometimes medication, most people can keep their blood pressure and cholesterol at normal and safe levels.
February is American Heart Month so it’s a good time to remember your heart and get your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers checked. Make a primary care appointment today.