If you have any of the following six symptoms, you may have high cholesterol. Read on to find out what they are and what you can do to fix them.

What is hypercholesterolemia?

Hypercholesterolemia is a condition characterized by an abnormally high level of cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance produced by the liver and found in some foods. It is essential for the production of cell membranes and hormones, but too much cholesterol can have serious health consequences.

High cholesterol can cause plaque to form in the arteries, which can restrict blood flow and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Treatment for high cholesterol usually involves lifestyle changes and physical activity. In some cases, medication may also be needed to lower bad cholesterol levels.

Hypercholesterolemia can come on suddenly. On the other hand, we are going to share with you some signs that show that you could have it.

Pain or discomfort in the center of your chest (thorax):

Chest pain is one of the first signs that indicate excess cholesterol in the blood. These pains are the result of the accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries of the heart (coronary), resulting in poor oxygenation of the heart muscle. This chest pain can occur only during exertion (walking, for example), or even at rest.

When cholesterol builds up in the coronary arteries, it causes a condition called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a major cause of heart attacks. If you have chest pain, it’s important to see a doctor to find out if you have high cholesterol and are at risk of a heart attack. Treatments to lower cholesterol levels can help prevent chest pain and reduce your risk of heart attack.

Pain or discomfort in the back, arms, shoulder, neck and jaw.

This pain is caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries, which narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow. In most cases, the pain is temporary and goes away after a few minutes. However, if the pain gets worse, you should be aware that it is a serious health problem. If you experience pain or discomfort in these areas, it is important to see a doctor for a diagnosis.

Shortness of breath.

Shortness of breath is a common symptom of high cholesterol. This means your heart is doubling down on pumping blood to support your body. If you experience shortness of breath accompanied by sudden fatigue or chest pain, you should have a blood test to determine the level of bad LDL cholesterol.

Numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs.

This happens because cholesterol deposits can build up in the blood vessels that supply the legs, restricting blood flow and causing nerve damage. In severe cases, this can lead to paralysis. Other symptoms of high cholesterol include pain in the legs when walking, difficulty climbing stairs, and cold feet. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to get a cholesterol test.

Swelling of the lower part of your legs.

Known medically as peripheral edema, this phenomenon is one of the most common signs of high cholesterol. By damaging the wall of the blood vessels, this allows fluids to leak out of the vessels and accumulate in the tissues of the legs. Besides causing swelling in the legs, high cholesterol can also lead to other problems such as delays in wound healing, skin changes, and hair loss. If you have high cholesterol, watch for any changes in your legs or feet. And if you develop peripheral edema, be sure to consult your doctor to begin treatment immediately.

Yellow dots in the form of pimples around the eyes.

One of the most common signs of high cholesterol is the formation of yellow spots around the eyes. These spots are actually an accumulation of cholesterol and other fatty deposits under the skin. Over time, these deposits can harden and form pimples. Although these pimples are not necessarily painful, they can be unsightly and cause a feeling of discomfort. Although natural remedies could be effective in eliminating these yellow spots such as castor oil or fenugreek seeds. However, it is recommended that a doctor be consulted to determine the underlying cause and put a stop to it permanently.

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