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Cholesterol and Blood Pressure: Twin Pillars of Heart Health

Cholesterol and blood pressure are two important signs of heart health.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs to make healthy cells. But, too much cholesterol can raise your risk of heart disease. There are two main types of cholesterol: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). LDL, often called “bad” cholesterol, can lead to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. HDL, or “good” cholesterol, helps remove cholesterol from your body.

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. High blood pressure, or hypertension, happens when this force is too high. Over time, high blood pressure can harm your arteries, leading to heart disease and stroke.

High cholesterol and high blood pressure are connected. High levels of cholesterol can lead to the buildup of plaques in your arteries, known as atherosclerosis. This can make it harder for blood to flow, raising the pressure in your arteries. On the other hand, high blood pressure can harm your arteries, creating places where cholesterol can build up.

Both conditions are big risk factors for heart disease and stroke. They can harm your arteries, greatly raising the risk of future problems. So, it’s very important to control your cholesterol and blood pressure.

Treatment usually involves changes in lifestyle, like eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and keeping a healthy weight. In some cases, you might need medicine.

Remember, managing your cholesterol and blood pressure is a long-term effort. Always talk to a healthcare provider for personalized advice.

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