Cleveland Clinic

How to protect your heart from two silent, but dangerous risks

You probably know that high cholesterol and high blood pressure put your heart at risk if you don't control and treat them. But these two threats often don't produce noticeable symptoms. So how can you protect your heart if you don't know you have a problem?

About 30 percent of U.S. adults have high cholesterol and fewer than half of them are getting treatment, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers are almost identical for high blood pressure, which also is called hypertension.

Blood pressure is the measurement of the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. High...