Village Health Partners in Plano, TX offers routine blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Our medical practice recommends that individuals, especially seniors, monitor and manage their blood pressure and cholesterol annually, and in some cases, more frequently if necessary. A healthy number in both areas equal a healthy heart. Following a healthy lifestyle and eating a balanced diet are huge contributors to keeping both of these numbers at a steady, normal rate. In addition, weight control and adhering to a lifestyle that avoids smoking and limits alcohol use is also crucial to maintaining a healthy heart. Our trained practitioners work with patients to provide accurate heart health checks and offer programs to help reduce the risk of coronary disease.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Approximately 1 out of every 3 adults has high blood pressure. The older an individual gets, the more prevalent high blood pressure becomes. Blood pressure consists of two numbers, one being the systolic pressure, which measures the pressure of blood against the artery walls when the heart pumps blood during a heartbeat. The second number is the diastolic pressure, which measures the same pressure, but measures the number when the heart fills with blood. Both numbers are taken during a physical exam, and both are important. If one is off, than the other will be as well. A normal reading for blood pressure is 120/80. High blood pressure is also referred to as hypertension and is characterized when these numbers reach 120-139 (for systolic) and 80-89 (for diastolic).
Everyone has a certain amount of cholesterol in his or her bloodstream. Cholesterol is a type of fat in the blood that is actually needed by the body. Naturally, the body produces all the cholesterol it needs, but many individuals suffer from high cholesterol because of the foods they eat. When your cholesterol is high, this can cause build up on key arteries, causing a hardening of the blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart. There are several different types of cholesterol, including LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and HDL (the “good”) cholesterol. It is important to have an overall cholesterol reading of around 200 mg/dL or lower. This breaks down to include the following numbers: HDL of 50 or higher for females and 40 or higher if male, and for LDL, 100 or lower.
"Dr Wien and his staff are very organized and the visit was great."- L.J. / Google / Nov 13, 2020
"Dr. Gothard has routinely gone above and beyond to help me through years of ups and downs. He helped me manage and master my asthma that had plagued me for years, he has helped me manage chronic migraines throughout my twenties and through all three postpartum years (late thirties), and is always accessible with helpful, thoughtful, and humorous advice. He took the time to break down what I thought was a spike in postpartum anxiety and depression, and diagnosed me with adult onset ADD (and if you're a woman/mom who understands how difficult managing life/family/career/marriage/friendship/oh...and maybe time for herself is, then you'll understand just how much of a LIFE CHANGER this diagnosis was). He was considerate, kind, and a listening ear throughout all of my miscarriages, and rejoiced with me when I welcomed new babies to our family. He listens to my needs and wants for quality/type of care, and honors those thoughts and wishes. He is not quick to diagnose or prescribe, but instead takes his time to get to know you and your illness or problem before presenting a solid treatment decision for you to consider. He has referred me out to stellar specialty doctors, who have helped me with other health matters outside his GP, and he checked back in with me after those referrals to make sure that I received quality care. He genuinely cares and takes to the time to check in and see how me and my family are doing. He understands and empathizes with the stressors that come with being a teacher during a pandemic, wrangling three small kiddos, and laughs with me at the chaotic mess that life can be during all of this. While I have moved a bit further away from his practice, I will always stay with Dr. G because I know he truly does love his career and his patients. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I would not be as healthy, strong, or sane as I am without the guidance, kindness, and care from Dr. Gothard. I could not recommend another GP any more highly than Dr. Sander Gothard."- L.M. / Google / Nov 04, 2020
"Me and my entire family has been seeing Dr. Moon for over 20 years, and highly recommend him to anyone needing a great doctor experience, and very knowledgeable."- D.M. / Healthgrades / Nov 03, 2020
"I'm glad having Dr. Gottipolu as my physician. She is friendly, Caring and listen to patient carefully. Keep smiling and keep doing what you are doing for better health of your patient. Thank you!!!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Oct 29, 2020
"The services that I receive from Dr. Lester were excellent. She and the staff were friendly and professional. I left the clinic feeling better about my personal concerns and informed about my health and care. I, with upmost confidence, recommend Dr. Lester to friends and family."- O.O. / Yelp / Oct 28, 2020
Symptoms to Watch
Unfortunately, having high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure does not necessarily bring unwanted symptoms. Many of the symptoms reside on the inside of the body, in which we cannot see. This is why annual screenings are so important. In severe cases, some patients may experience light-headedness, dizziness, tingling sensations in the arms or feet, trouble breathing, and/or headaches.
If it is determined that a patient has high blood pressure or high cholesterol, our practitioners will work to manage the problem. Many factors can help turn these numbers around, including weight loss, having a healthy diet, exercise, and in some cases, medication.
Plan Your Visit
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
Get Heart Healthy Today
We invite you to call our medical practice and schedule your appointment and get your "lipids score" today so that you can keep track and manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Having healthy scores in both of these areas are important for maintaining a healthy heart. Our trained professionals are here to help.