Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can a Person Have Normal Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol?

Tuesday, 08 June 2010 11:40 AM

Question: Can a person have normal, low blood pressure and still have a high cholesterol level?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Yes. Blood pressure levels and cholesterol ratios are independent risk factors for vascular disease. There is no direct relationship between these two risk factors, and one will not affect the other. However, some treatments for blood pressure may adversely affect cholesterol ratios.

The discussion regarding pros and cons of treatment choices available is often omitted due to time constraints, but you should make it clear to your doctor that you wish to be an active partner in the selection of your treatment options. Most doctors will encourage your input, so be prepared with a written list of questions when you visit your doctor.

Current cholesterol medications do not usually significantly affect blood pressure. Blood pressure medications, however, do have an impact on your cholesterol. Be sure you know your treatment goals, and try to be an active participant with your doctor in achieving them.

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