Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
Managing your blood pressure and cholesterol is a part of taking care of your heart’s health. That’s because high blood pressure and cholesterol bring a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. Knowing if there’s an issue is a first step to taking control.
When to Check Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is easy to measure with an inflatable cuff around your arm. Your doctor or other health providers likely check it anytime you go in for a visit. It’s best to check your blood pressure at least once every couple of years. If you’ve had a borderline or high reading in the past, it’s a good idea to check it more often.
High blood pressure doesn’t always come with any warning signs. But over time, it can lead to serious health problems. Checking your blood pressure often will help you know what’s normal for you and catch any problem sooner.
The good news is that you don’t have to be in the dark about heart health. At Chatham Care, PC, we do everything we can for our patients to prevent these events from occurring. We do this by seeking to help our patients manage their blood pressure and cholesterol to prevent build up and damage.
Elevated cholesterol causes a build-up of plaque in your coronary arteries (circling your heart), while elevated blood pressure causes damage to your vessels and increases your risk for heart attack and stroke.