Cholesterol And Blood Pressure Management

Pinnacle Primary Clinic

Family Practice located in Bakersfield, CA

High blood pressure and cholesterol are the leading causes of heart disease, and both are highly preventable. The providers at Pinnacle Primary Care are highly skilled at getting your levels under control. Dr. Gohar Gevorgyan, Dr. Fakruddin Hasta, physician assistant Eural Gordon, and nurse practitioner Renee Rocha can help you beat these heart disease risk factors with lifestyle adjustments and medication. If you’re looking for a provider in Bakersfield, California who can help with your heart concerns, contact Pinnacle online or over the phone.

Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Management Q & A

How do you detect high blood pressure and cholesterol?

If you have high blood pressure or cholesterol, you may not even know it because they don’t cause any symptoms. It’s important to go in for routine checkups so these conditions get detected early. Testing for blood pressure and cholesterol is simple.

Blood pressure

The providers at Pinnacle Primary Care check your blood pressure at nearly every appointment. Readings in the 120 to 129 over 80 range are considered elevated, and consistent readings over 130/80 indicate hypertension.

Cholesterol

Your provider uses a lipid panel, which is a blood test, to check your HDL, LDL, total cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. A total cholesterol reading above 240 mg/dL is considered potentially dangerous.

What are the risks of cholesterol and hypertension?

High blood pressure and high cholesterol are two major risk factors for heart disease. Cholesterol accumulation narrows your blood vessels, while hypertension damages arteries.

Blocked or damaged arteries pose a significant threat and make your heart work harder. Damaged arteries also inhibit blood flow and put you at risk for deadly blood clots. Narrowed blood vessels in other parts of your body can cause damage to your major organs too.

Untreated hypertension and high cholesterol increase your risk for:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Aneurysm
  • Kidney damage
  • Dementia
  • Eye damage
  • Metabolic syndrome

How do you treat high cholesterol and blood pressure?

The providers at Pinnacle are skilled at preventing, diagnosing, and treating hypertension and high cholesterol. They start by encouraging you to make some lifestyle adjustments and incorporate medication when necessary.

Lifestyle adjustments

A heart-healthy diet and regular exercise are the best, most effective strategies for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Your doctor can counsel you on ways to implement those strategies as well as how to lose excess weight and quit smoking.

Medication

A variety of medications are available to treat both high cholesterol and high blood pressure, including statins, diuretics, and ACE inhibitors. Your provider may recommend medication if your numbers stay elevated despite lifestyle adjustments.

Take control of your heart health with a trip to Pinnacle Primary Care. Call or click the “book now” button to get high cholesterol and hypertension under control.