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What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?

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Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Usually none: High cholesterol usually does not have much symptoms but chronically high levels can lead to heart vessel plaque build up and cause heart attack or stroke. In some people high cholesterol builds up around the eyes called xanthelasmata and is linked to heart disease.
Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
High Cholestrol: High cholestrol has no specific symptoms per se. The long term having high cholestrol causes heart attack and stroke. Very high cholestrol can cause yellow bumps around the eyes (xanthoma).
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: High cholesterol by itself does not cause symptoms, however, high cholesterol is a risk factor for atherosclerosis and that may produce symptoms. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/what-is-atherosclerosis.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
↑LDL not cholesterol: drives atherosclerosis, body wide, eventually resulting in loss of blood flow including heart attacks, stokes, dementia, erectile dysfunction, etc. While the disease typically begins in later childhood, no symptoms for decades because arteries enlarge, not narrow. Endothelial lining tears over plaque SUDDENLY results in showering debris & clots blocking blood flow & symptomatic if severe enough.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
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A single LDL particle carries 3,000-6,000 fat molecules. Which fat molecules? Whatever ones are present. What percentage are cholesterol vs. phosphopholipids, triglycerides or any others? This varies widely. What does the acronym LDL stand for? Lower Density (compared to surrounding water) particle consisting of a protein-shell which surrounds & carries lipids (i.e. fats). Study: Vantera Analyzer.
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What would be the most common causes and symptoms of high cholesterol?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Diet and Genetic: Causes of high cholesterol are diet in high saturated fats and genetic we inherited from our parents there mau be no symptoms in most people and it is diagnosed by glood test.Rarely you see discoloured growths in the skin called xantholasma or bumps in tendons in the hands and feet.
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What is a high cholesterol?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
High cholesterol: High cholesterol usually refers to the amount of cholesterol found in a persons blood, and can be measured by laboratory tests. When cholesterol measurement is above the normal range for that individual then it is generally called high cholesterol. Interpretation of the meaning of high levels in the blood requires a physician consultation and other testing to determine any health risk.

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