High cholesterol and high blood pressure are common chronic disease risk factors that can lead to a heart attack or stroke if left untreated. At A&U Family Medicine in Sugar Land, Texas, Hammad Zaidi, MD, and his experienced medical team screen for, diagnose, and treat high cholesterol and high blood pressure to reduce your risk of serious health complications. Call to schedule an appointment with A&U Family Medicine for a screening today or use the online booking tool.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol are serious heart disease risk factors. Blood pressure occurs when the force of blood against blood vessel walls is too high, which makes your heart work harder than it should.
High cholesterol happens when cholesterol builds up excessively in your bloodstream, which can cause decreased blood flow or blockages.
In most cases, you don’t experience any symptoms at all if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. High cholesterol has no symptoms, and you might only develop symptoms of high blood pressure, such as headaches, nose bleeds, or shortness of breath if it reaches dangerously high levels.
While not always the case, healthy lifestyle habits often prevent you from developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Risk factors for these diseases include:
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in sodium and saturated fat, getting regular exercise, reducing stress, not smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and getting plenty of sleep are just a few ways you can lower your risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
To diagnose high blood pressure or high cholesterol, Dr. Zaidi uses noninvasive diagnostic tests. To check your blood pressure, he uses a blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope or blood pressure machine. Diagnosing high cholesterol involves a simple blood test.
Your personalized treatment plan for high blood pressure or high cholesterol depends on which condition you have and its severity.
Dr. Zaidi might recommend making healthy lifestyle changes if your levels are slightly elevated, taking dietary supplements, or using blood pressure- or cholesterol-lowering medications if high cholesterol or high blood pressure is more severe.
Don’t let high blood pressure or high cholesterol go untreated and cause a heart attack or stroke when simple treatments are available. Schedule an appointment with A&U Family Medicine over the phone or online today.