High cholesterol symptoms are a topic near and dear to my heart due to a close family member who struggled with atherosclerosis and ultimately coronary heart disease for years. For the most part there are no high cholesterol symptoms until a person’s health starts to unravel. The few exceptions are fat deposits in the skin and tendons forming noticeable bumps or problems with the liver or spleen producing symptoms such as severe abdominal pain.
With the two conditions above notwithstanding the most noticeable symptoms occur only after cholesterol has continued to build, narrowing arteries to a point where blood flow is restricted by about 65 percent. At this point tissues may not be able to get enough blood and oxygen. The first symptoms of narrowing of the arteries may be pain or cramps at times when blood flow cannot keep up with the tissues requirement for oxygen. An example might be chest pain because the oxygen supply to the heart is insufficient or while walking a person may experience leg cramps because of restricted blood flow through the arteries of the legs. Also, certain extremities may start to feel cold to the touch for no particular reason.
One of the real dangers in high cholesterol symptoms related diseases are that often times the progression is so gradual that you may not realize you have a serious problem until it is too late. On the other hand sometimes the first symptoms occur suddenly because the blockage occurs suddenly. An example of this would be when a blood clot lodges in an artery narrowed by with plaque, cutting off blood circulation and resulting in a heart attack or stroke.
Without a doubt my relatives high cholesterol symptoms were of the first variety, and driven by a combination of smoking and a diet filled with high saturated fat foods. As the condition worsened his activity level declined which likely accelerated arterial blockage by prompting LDL (bad cholesterol levels) to rise and helpful HDL (good cholesterol levels to drop). He also experienced shortage of breath when walking more than a few hundred yards, walking up an incline, or playing a game of golf. In other words activities that should not cause shortage or breath issues.
In summary, when high cholesterol symptoms do appear you likely have a serious problem on your hands and a doctor’s should be in order. Regardless, whether you are starting to see high cholesterol symptoms or not it is never too early or too late for that matter, to start exercising (if possible), quit smoking if you smoke, reduce the intake of saturated fat, and consider a if you need that little extra boost. If your cholesterol is out of control there is no better day to make a positive change than today!