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Signs and Symptoms of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol affects up to 60 million people in the U.S.  High levels of cholesterol in the blood increase your chances of developing heart disease and strokes.  As well, new research shows that high cholesterol is also a risk for developing gallstones, high blood pressure, loss of mental acuity and Alzheimer’s disease.  We have listed the common signs and symptoms of high cholesterol include.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of High Cholesterol are as follows:

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Dizziness
  • Circulatory problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • High blood pressure
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Leg cramps
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dry skin and hair

Often, there are no signs and symptoms of high cholesterol, so it is important to have a blood analysis or lipid panel done regularly.



Diagnosis of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is diagnosed through a simple blood test.   A lipid panel includes a test for total cholesterol, HDL (high density lipoprotein), LDL (low density lipoprotein), VLDL, Apolipoprotein B (a cholesterol particle found in low-density lipoprotein, Apolipoprotein A-1 (a good form of cholesterol that is found in HDL cholesterol).

LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because it attaches itself to the walls of the arteries, setting the stage for inflammation of the arteries, heart attack or stroke.  Ideal LDL levels are less than 130 mg/dL.

HDL is the “good” cholesterol, which helps prevent the narrowing of the artery walls by transporting excess LDL cholesterol to the liver, where it is broken down and excreted from the body.  Ideal HDL cholesterol levels are 60 mg/dL or higher.

Total cholesterol levels should be less than 200 mg/dL.


Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of High Cholesterol

Action Plan for High Cholesterol (ACSM Action Plan for Health)
J. Larry Durstine
51 Ways to Fight High Cholesterol
Melissa Brewer


500 High Fiber Recipes: Fight Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Delicious Meals That Fill You Up and Help You Shed Pounds!
Dick Logue
Controlling Cholesterol For Dummies (For Dummies (Health & Fitness)
Carol Ann Rinzler


High Cholesterol Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learn about cholesterol and understand your risks. For patients and professionals.

http://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/

  • Family Doctor . org

Learn about how to interpret your cholesterol levels, why high cholesterol is unhealthy and what you can do to improve your level.

http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/heartdisease/risk/029.html

  • WD

Information including symptoms, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, treatment, causes, patient stories, videos, forums, prevention, and prognosis.

http://www.bettermedicine.com/article/high-cholesterol?intcid=WD3Cholestrol

  • Better Medicine

Information including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, causes, videos, forums, and local community support.

http://www.bettermedicine.com/article/high-cholesterol

  • About . com

Welcome to the Cholesterol Forum forum. Here, you can ask questions, get cholesterol-lowering tips, and exchange important information regarding high cholesterol.

http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=messages&webtag=ab-cholesterol&tid=269



Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers diet, medication and other treatments to lower cholesterol.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/DS00178

  • Web MD

Article on cholesterol by the Cholesterol Management Health Center.

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/default.htm

  • Medicine Net . com

Learn about cholesterol and how to lower LDL cholesterol. Read in-depth cholesterol information on a low cholesterol diet, normal ratio (levels), treatment for high cholesterol, and more.

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/default.htm