Features September 2013 Issue

Controlling Two Key Risk Factors May Double Heart Protection

Keep both your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the healthy range.

If you have high blood pressure—a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher—your heart risk is double that of someone with normal blood pressure. But did you know that lowering your blood pressure with medications reduces your risk only 20 to 25 percent? That means you’re still vulnerable to heart disease.

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