Cholesterol In Your Food
We have mentioned diet already but cholesterol in your food is a particular cause of high BP because it can line the blood vessels and causing them to stiffen or block.
Foods high in cholesterol include foods high in animal fat, coconut oil or palm oil. More examples found here.
There are tablets that can be prescribed to help lower your cholesterol. They include Atorvastatin, simvastatin and Rosuvastatin and this family of medication are called ‘Statins’.
Depending on your cholesterol test result, we may recommend you start taking a statin tablet daily. We do not make our recommendation on your cholesterol result alone but by considering how likely you are to suffer from a stroke or heart attack in the future.
We calculate this by considering other things in your medical history eg. smoking history, blood pressure, age and gender. The result is called an ASSIGN score and you can read about it here.
As a rule, you should take Statins if your score is more than 20 %. Feel free to ask the Specialist Practice Nurse about your ASSIGN score and statin medication.