Understanding Cholesterol Problems: Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Cholesterol Problems?

A high level of cholesterol in the blood doesn't have obvious symptoms, but it can increase your risk for conditions that do have symptoms, including angina (chest pain caused by heart disease), high blood pressure, stroke, and other circulatory ailments. Also:

Call Your Doctor About Heart Disease if:

  • You detect soft, yellowish skin growths on yourself or on your children. Ask about being tested for high cholesterol.
  • You develop symptoms of heart disease, stroke, or atherosclerosis in other blood vessels, such as left-sided chest pain, pressure, or fullness; dizziness; unsteady gait; slurred speech; or pain in the lower legs. Any of these conditions may be associated with high cholesterol, and each requires immediate medical intervention.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on July 17, 2019



American Heart Association. 


National Cholesterol Education Program.

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