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At Riverview Health in Noblesville, IN, experienced primary care and cardiology specialists are here to help you treat and manage conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are more than just chronic medical conditions. They can lead to heart disease, and if left untreated, can develop into life-threatening conditions like blood clots or a heart attack.
If you have high blood pressure, the force of your blood pumping through your arteries and veins is much more forceful than normal, which can cause damage over time. If you have high cholesterol, you may develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels, which, over time, can make it difficult for blood to flow freely through your arteries.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause the following problems:
If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it begins to collect in the walls of your arteries. Over time, this buildup causes hardening of your arteries, making them narrow and restricting or blocking the flow of blood to your heart.
Your blood carries oxygen to your heart, and if there isn’t enough oxygen reaching your heart, you may have chest pain. If the supply of blood to a portion of your heart is cut off by a blockage, the result is a heart attack.
Having your cholesterol checked regularly can help prevent the development of heart disease and lower your risk for a heart attack. Because high cholesterol doesn’t have any symptoms, it’s very important to have your levels checked by your primary care physician on a regular basis.
Riverview Health evaluates and treats a wide array of heart and vascular conditions for people living in Noblesville, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Sheridan and Westfield, IN.