High Cholesterol Symptoms

High cholesterol generally doesn't cause symptoms and many people may only discover that they have raised cholesterol levels when they get a test or start developing other health problems as a result.

Around 75% of people with familial hypercholesterolemia (people who have it because they inherited it from the previous generation) are likely to develop actual high cholesterol symptoms in the form of yellow bulges under the skin. However these high cholesterol symptoms aren't likely to appear in people when they are younger, meaning that you can still have high cholesterol without you actually knowing it.

People who develop these high cholesterol symptoms may notice these bulges, known as xanthomas, on their eyelids, around the ankles, on the buttocks or around the elbows.

effects of high cholesterol

How will I know I have it if there aren't always clear high cholesterol symptoms?

Because of the absence of high cholesterol symptoms in most people with the condition, it's important that you go for regular health checks and have your cholesterol monitored. This is of particular importance if you are at an elevated risk of developing high cholesterol.

How is high cholesterol diagnosed?

Before recommending a high blood cholesterol treatment a doctor will first have to do a test and assess your risk of developing cardiovascular disease within the next ten years.

Generally it's recommended that your total cholesterol levels should be 5mmol/L or less and ideally 'bad cholesterol', also known as LDL, should be below 3mmol/L. This can all be determined with the help of a blood test. Many people are surprised at their cholesterol levels, particularly as they expect that there would be high cholesterol symptoms as an indication, however this is rarely the case.

After your cholesterol test, a doctor will then asses your cardiovascular risk and if there is no indication that you'll develop a serious heart problem, based on current factors influencing your health within the next ten years, then lifestyle adjustments will be suggested first. If these lifestyle adjustments don't make a change in your health, you may then be recommended a high cholesterol treatment for better control.

How will I know I have it if there aren't always clear high cholesterol symptoms?

Because of the absence of high cholesterol symptoms in most people with the condition, it's important that you go for regular health checks and have your cholesterol monitored. This is of particular importance if you are at an elevated risk of developing high cholesterol.

How is high cholesterol diagnosed?

Before recommending a high blood cholesterol treatment a doctor will first have to do a test and assess your risk of developing cardiovascular disease within the next ten years.

Generally it's recommended that your total cholesterol levels should be 5mmol/L or less and ideally 'bad cholesterol', also known as LDL, should be below 3mmol/L. This can all be determined with the help of a blood test. Many people are surprised at their cholesterol levels, particularly as they expect that there would be high cholesterol symptoms as an indication, however this is rarely the case.

After your cholesterol test, a doctor will then asses your cardiovascular risk and if there is no indication that you'll develop a serious heart problem, based on current factors influencing your health within the next ten years, then lifestyle adjustments will be suggested first. If these lifestyle adjustments don't make a change in your health, you may then be recommended a high cholesterol treatment for better control.

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