Cholesterol can build up in the walls of your arteries. This can cause the arteries to become narrowed and blood flow to the heart is then slowed down or blocked. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood.
The blood carries oxygen to the heart. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off by a blockage, the result is a heart attack.
It is important to find out what your cholesterol numbers are. Lowering cholesterol levels lessens the risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of a heart attack or dying of heart disease.
If you eat right, get some daily exercise and maintain a healthy weight, you’re well on your way to improving your cholesterol and blood pressure. Talk to your doctor about your cholesterol and blood pressure.
For more information, go to our Web site, www.healthplus.org, or to the Web site of the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ health.