People with high blood pressure may also have untreated high cholesterol, which further increases their risk of heart attack and stroke.
Doctors at the Mayo Clinic, USA, report on findings from the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Arteriopathy study where they have looked at two populations with high blood pressure. The first consisted of a group of over 1,000 non-Hispanic whites and nearly 1,300 non-Hispanic blacks. One half of the blacks also had high cholesterol as did about three quarters of the whites.
Fewer than one in three who had high cholesterol were on cholesterol-lowering drugs, like statins and, of these, fewer than a half had reached the recommended cholesterol level. The researchers therefore suggest that those who have high blood pressure should be monitored for high cholesterol too. The good news is that both high blood pressure and high cholesterol can be effectively normalized with medication and lifestyle changes which, in turn, will reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
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