Los Angeles: Scientists have found that controlling blood pressure and cholesterol simultaneously can play a significant role in lowering the risk of heart disease, a study said.

"Prescribing medications to manage blood pressure and cholesterol in a better way would greatly benefit people who are older, diabetic and have cardiovascular disease. Going to the doctor at least twice a year could help," said a report, citing a study published in a health journal.  

"Under-treated high blood pressure and cholesterol affect millions of Americans - posing a major public health threat," said Brent M Egan, lead study author and professor of medicine and pharmacology at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

"The reality is, we know more than enough to prevent 75 percent of heart disease and strokes, but we're not doing everything we could be doing or even doing it at a reasonable level," he said. "We've made some gradual improvements over the years, but there is still a lot of progress to be made," Egan said.


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