What Are The
High Cholesterol Symptoms?
High cholesterol symptoms is a subject of concern for many individuals. Considering that high cholesterol can lead to many health problems, people understandably want to know what the symptoms are so they can keep an eye out for it.
Unfortunately, high cholesterol does not have symptoms as we normally think of them (headaches, shortness of breath, etc).
It is possible for high cholesterol to be completely undetectable, and for people to only find out they have high cholesterol levels when and if they are tested for it.
High Cholesterol Risk Factors
There are, however, some lifestyle choices that are risk factors for high cholesterol, such as:
- Your family has a history of high cholesterol
- You eat fatty meals and high cholesterol foods (fat food, whole milk, cheese, bacon, etc.)
- You are overweight (your body stores more fat and cholesterol than it burns)
- You get little exercise, not understading the connection between exercise and cholesterol
- You smoke
- You drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day
If you meet more than half of the risk factors below, you might want to have your cholesterol levels tested during your next medical check-up.
Symptoms of High Cholesterol-Related Illnesses
It's bad enough that there are few, if any, noticeable high cholesterol symptoms. Even worse, when you do have "symptoms" (as we normally think of them), it's a big danger sign. At this point, you would be feeling symptoms of other health problems CAUSED by high cholesterol, like an oncoming heart attack or stroke, rather than high cholesterol symptoms themselves.
Heart Disease Symptoms
Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are the “bad” cholesterol, causing cholesterol to build-up in your arteries. This leads to high blood pressure, artery blockages, and ultimately heart disease (including heart attacks). Symptoms of heart disease include:
- Chest Pain: a feeling of "squeezing" or "pressure" on your chest
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Heart palpitations (your heart beating very fast, or irregularly)
- Excessive sweating
- Numbness, tingling, and/or a cold feeling in your limbs
- Open sores on your limbs that are not healing normally
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a heart attack may not be far off. Get yourself to a doctor for an examination (including a cholesterol level test) right away.
Heart attacks are caused by high cholesterol blocking arteries and resulting in your heart not enough blood. Strokes are similar, except in this case, not enough blood is getting to your brain. Strokes are silent killers, occurring suddenly and with little warning.
There are, luckily, a few symptoms of an oncoming stroke, including:
- Sudden weakness and /or numbness in the arm, leg, or face, particularly in one side of the body
- Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes
- Dizziness, lack of coordination, balance loss, and/or fainting
- Difficulty speaking or understanding others speak
- Optional (these symptoms may or may not occur): nausea, vomiting, fever, convulsions
Again, if you are experiencing these symptoms, got see a doctor right away. With the proper medication, changes in lifestyle (diet, exercise, smoking, drinking), and lowering your cholesterol levels, you may be able to delay or even avoid a stroke.
Finally, remember this: since high cholesterol symptoms are silent and unnoticeable, the best way to avoid more serious conditions like heart disease or strokes is simply to check your cholesterol levels regularly, and avoid developing high cholesterol symptoms in the first place.
If you are experiencing heart symptoms, see a doctor immediately.
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