Controlling Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Cut Risk for Heart Disease

Controlling your high blood pressure and high cholesterol at the same time may reduce your risk for heart disease by half or even more, according to the new research in the American Heart Association journal called Circulation. However, fewer than one in three people achieve this objective.

The researchers also found that prescribing medications to manage blood pressure and cholesterol better can greatly benefit individuals who are older, diabetic, have heart disease, or are Hispanic or African-American. Visiting the doctor at least twice a year can also reduce the risk of heart disease and other serious medical conditions.

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