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Is it true that high cholesterol contributes to hypertension?

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Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine

In brief: More impotantly...

While cholesterol deposition in the blood vessels may decrease their elasticity and theoretically worsen blood pressure, this is a theoretical and long term process.
The important thing to remember is that both hypertension and high cholesterol increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

In brief: More impotantly...

While cholesterol deposition in the blood vessels may decrease their elasticity and theoretically worsen blood pressure, this is a theoretical and long term process.
The important thing to remember is that both hypertension and high cholesterol increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Doug Hansen
Dr. Doug Hansen
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Dr. Evan Allen
Family Medicine

In brief: Indirectly

It is not certain that someone with high cholesterol will have high blood pressure.
Lots of people have only one, but a majority of those with hypertension will also have high lipids. This is due to the metabolic syndrome and may be mediated by Insulin resistance due to the western diet. In rare cases, the renal artery becomes narrowed from cholesterol leading directly to secondary hypertension.

In brief: Indirectly

It is not certain that someone with high cholesterol will have high blood pressure.
Lots of people have only one, but a majority of those with hypertension will also have high lipids. This is due to the metabolic syndrome and may be mediated by Insulin resistance due to the western diet. In rare cases, the renal artery becomes narrowed from cholesterol leading directly to secondary hypertension.
Dr. Evan Allen
Dr. Evan Allen
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