Reducing High Cholesterol and Hypertension
A report issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) makes the claim that two-thirds of American adults who are suffering from high cholesterol as well as fifty percent who have symptoms of hypertension are not receiving effective treatment. This lack of treatment for both ailments significantly increases these individual’s risk of heart attacks or stroke.
Nor is this a health care coverage related issue. The CDC estimates that in excess of eighty percent of those dealing with hypertension or higher than recommended levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol enjoy coverage by either public or private health insurance plans.
The conclusion is that, even those with the financial resources to receive medical care are not doing enough to reduce either LDL cholesterol, or hypertension.
Right now almost 2,000 (400 are under age 65) Americans die each day from cardiovascular diseases including heart attacks and strokes. The CDC estimates that tens of thousands of lives could be saved annually if both doctors and their patients even just a little bit more attention to the problems of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.