Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in the blood.
The human body needs such a substance to create healthy cells.
However, high levels of cholesterol can put you at risk of heart disease.
Having high cholesterol results in the production of fatty deposits in the blood vessels.
When these deposits grow, it’s hard for enough blood to flow through the arteries.
High cholesterol can be inherited.
That said, it’s often the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Thus, it’s a preventable and treatable condition.
But how do you know exactly if you have high cholesterol?
Are there warning signs?
Learn about these indicators in this video so make sure to stay tuned.
Signs and symptoms
Generally, there are no overt signs or symptoms of high cholesterol.
If you do have symptoms, they’re related to the consequences of the disease rather than the disease itself.
Needless to say, you cannot “feel” high cholesterol if you have it.
In severe cases, however, there could be waxy deposits on the skin, yellowish deposits of cholesterol around the eyes or eyelids, and small clusters of bumps on the hands, elbows, and knees.
High cholesterol is associated with a high risk of cardiovascular disease.
This can include coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
So, instead of the symptoms of high cholesterol itself, let’s take a look at the top 5 signs and symptoms of each of those diseases that are linked to high cholesterol
Coronary heart disease is a type of heart disease that occurs when the arteries of the heart cannot supply sufficient oxygen-rich blood to the heart.
Angina may manifest as tightness, pressure, or heaviness in your chest.
It can also involve aching, burning, or numb sensation.
Shortness of breath
Stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is reduced or disrupted, preventing the brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients.
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Sudden confusion or difficulty understanding speech or speaking.
Sudden trouble walking, loss of balance, or dizziness.
Peripheral vascular disease or PVD is a blood circulation disorder that causes the blood vessels outside the heart and brain to narrow, block, or spasm.
Blue-colored toes, severe burning or thick and opaque toenails.
Muscles feel numb or heavy
Reduced hair growth in legs and cramps when lying in bed
Reddish blue or pale legs and arms
Legs and feet have thin or pale skin, weak pulses, wounds, or ulcers that won’t heal
Diabetes is a chronic health condition where the body does not produce insulin or does not use it efficiently.
Unexplained weight loss
Presence of ketones in the urine
High blood pressure, otherwise called hypertension, is when the blood pressure reaches unhealthy levels, making the heart work harder to pump blood out to the body.
Fatigue or confusion
Diagnosing high cholesterol
Rather than signs and symptoms, a blood test is the only way of knowing whether or not your cholesterol is too high.
This means having a total blood cholesterol level above 240 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
It isn’t too late to make healthier choices now.
Plenty of heart-healthy lifestyle changes can help prevent high cholesterol in the first place.
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