Hypertension (high blood pressure) increases heart disease risk. Yet the CDC reports in Are You Wrong About Your Blood Pressure, that 1 in 6 Americans has hypertension and doesn’t realize it. Like high cholesterol, hypertension has no symptoms. So if you have an elevated risk of heart disease (because of high cholesterol) and don’t know your blood pressure, your risk of heart disease may be even higher than you realize.
That’s why it’s vital for anyone with high cholesterol—or other heart disease risk factors—to monitor their blood pressure. In High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure Raise Heart Disease Risk,