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Discovering high blood pressure (hypertension)
Q. Why did my GP check my cholesterol as well as my blood pressure?
A. Because high blood pressure puts a strain on your heart, brain and blood vessels, it can increase your risk of developing heart attacks and strokes in the future. Having a raised level of cholesterol in your blood also increases the risk of developing these health problems.
So, if you have both a high blood cholesterol level and high blood pressure, then your risk of heart attack or stroke is much stronger than if you had just one or the other.
To reduce the risk of future problems as much as possible, your doctor will arrange for you to have a blood cholesterol check, particularly if you have other risk factors, such as being overweight, being inactive or being a smoker (three other factors that increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes). If you are found to have a high cholesterol level, then your doctor will give you medicines to help lower it to a normal level.