Know your numbers: blood pressure and cholesterol count!

BOISE - Controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol at the same time may cut your risk of heart disease in half.

About one-third of American adults have high blood pressure and about 32 million have dangerously high cholesterol levels.

The bad news: fewer than one third of people manage to control both at the same time.

Dave Fotsch with Central District Health says knowing your cholesterol numbers gives you some options for better health.

"You can control it through diet, through exercise," he said. "If you smoke, quit. If you don't smoke, don't start."

Central District Health has screenings you can take advantage of.

One is a cardiac risk profile, including cholesterol screening and blood pressure check.

You'll also get a 23-panel blood draw.

For more information, call 375-5211.