What Are the Symptoms and Signs of High Cholesterol?
Heart disease has now surpassed cancer as the number one cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High cholesterol is one of the important components risk factors for heart disease. Unfortunately, there are no symptoms that are associated with high cholesterol. It is usually diagnosed through a routine blood test, and may come as a surprise to the person who is diagnosed, because he or she may feel OK otherwise.
In some cases, people may not find out that they have high cholesterol levels until they have had their first heart attack or stroke.
Although there are no symptoms associated with high cholesterol, it is the most modifiable risk factor for heart disease. This is why getting your cholesterol checked is extremely important.
Get Your Cholesterol Checked
Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (PDF), July 2004, The National Institutes of Heath: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.