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How do we know a persons cholesterol level is high without doing a lipid profile test? any symptoms signs?

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Dr. Hamid Hai answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Elevated cholesterol: No. Elevated cholesterol does not produce any symptoms until there is a heart attack, angina, or stroke. The only way to know is to check the blood test called lipid profile.

Answered 9/20/2017

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Dr. Shira Miller answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Xanthelasmas : Xanthomas and xanthelasmas are classic signs of high cholesterol. However, just overweight and obesity are sometimes enough.

Answered 9/20/2017

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Dr. Dean Giannone answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

High cholesterol: An astute diagnostician may be able to pick up evidence of high cholesterol (and high blood pressure and diabetes for that matter) on a thorough physical examination. But the physical examination findings are not guaranteed to be there for any elevation of cholesterol, so the physical exam in conjunction with blood testing would be prudent.

Answered 9/20/2017

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