Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Control Physician Care in Delmont, PA
Trust Matthew W. Levin, MD For Your Heart Health
For blood pressure and cholesterol control physician care in Delmont, PA, contact Matthew W. Levin, MD. According to the CDC, adults die from heart attacks, strokes, or other cardiovascular diseases every 39 seconds. High blood pressure and cholesterol are two major contributors to heart disease and strokes. Both conditions are frequently fatal, but avoidable with trusted care.
Remember to schedule your yearly wellness exam with Dr. Levin. During your exam, Dr. Levin will discuss risk factors, prevention, and, if needed, treatment options for hypertension and high cholesterol. You can call the office at (724) 216-9300 to schedule an appointment. If you have any immediate medical questions after hours, established patients can call us at (412) 394-4024. If you believe you are having an emergency or complications after hours, please go to the emergency room.
High Blood Pressure is the “Silent Killer”
The term “silent killer” refers to high blood pressure since it frequently exhibits no symptoms. You could have elevated blood pressure without even being aware of it. Blood pressure gauges how much blood your heart pumps and how hard your arteries work to keep blood flowing. Arteries constrict due to aging, inheritance, or a medical condition, causing your heart to work harder. Headaches, nosebleeds, or shortness of breath from hypertension are signs that your blood pressure is at a life-threatening level. A heart attack or stroke may happen.
Hypertension/High-Blood Pressure Risk Factors
About half of the over 68 million people with high blood pressure do not have it under control. Risk factors for possible hypertension/high blood pressure are:
- Family History
- Obesity Or Being Overweight
- Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
- High Sodium Intake
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Low Potassium Level
- Low Vitamin D
- Alcohol Consumption
- Chronic Kidney Conditions
High Cholesterol Treatment and Prevention Plans by Dr. Levin
According to the CDC, roughly 71 million adults in the United States currently have high cholesterol. Out of the 71 million, 2⁄3 of them do not have it under control. Cholesterol naturally occurs in the body, but based on your diet, it can increase cholesterol to unhealthy levels. Cholesterol then clogs your arteries, making your heart work harder and can possibly block the artery completely. Dr. Levin warns his patients that high cholesterol can be life-threatening. With more than 30 years of treating high cholesterol, you can trust Dr. Levin to help improve your life.
Regular Blood Pressure Testing Helps with Hypertension Prevention
Having your blood pressure tested regularly increases your chances of preventing high blood pressure from becoming a life-threatening condition. Schedule a physical exam with Dr. Levin to get yours checked. If diagnosed with hypertension, Dr. Levin works with you to develop a working plan for treatment.
High Cholesterol Risk Factors
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) are the two distinct forms of cholesterol. The “good” cholesterol is HDL, whereas the “bad” cholesterol is LDL. While HDLs reduce your chances of potentially deadly illnesses, LDLs raise your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Factors that affect your cholesterol numbers are:
- Consuming Meals Rich In Trans Fats and Saturated Fats
Work With Dr. Levin to Improve Your Cholesterol
You should have your cholesterol tested if you are unsure whether you have high cholesterol. If your LDLs and HDLs are within normal range, a blood test will reveal this. Knowing your cholesterol levels is crucial. Dr. Levin uses this knowledge, along with other lifestyle variables, to assess your risk of heart attack or stroke. Dr. Levin works with you to improve your health through exercise and diet. An implementation of a medication regime is possible, if exercise and diet are not enough. Schedule an appointment to start your health journey today.