Many patients ask if their complaints are signs of high cholesterol, for example, headaches, back pain, nausea, frequent drowsiness and more.
The truth is that high blood cholesterol levels do not cause any specific signs and symptoms. Therefore, not everyone knows when their cholesterol levels are high. The only way to find out is to check your blood cholesterol levels. You should get it to check or you can ask a doctor online.
If someone says that they often feel pain around the back and shoulders when cholesterol levels are high, then that's just the coincidence.
This is something I see a lot in everyday practice. Cholesterol is often decreased but complaints are still present, not surprisingly because they are not correlated, and it is known that the pain is due to other factors including fatigue and muscle tension.
Cholesterol is a substance found in fat (lipids) in the blood. Don't think that cholesterol is harmful because, in reality, our bodies need cholesterol to continue to build healthy body cells and important for reproductive hormones. But when a person has high cholesterol levels for a certain period of time, it can be dangerous.
High cholesterol can form fat deposits in the blood vessels making it narrower, inhibiting blood flow and blocking the flow. It is at this point that signs and symptoms emerge, depending on where the blood vessels are affected. If it’s in the heart you will most probably suffer from coronary heart disease and if the brain-- stroke.
As the body's cholesterol level rises, the coronary artery that supplies the heart with blood may slow down due to plaque buildup. This process, called atherosclerosis, progresses slowly over time, and sometimes you may not feel the symptoms of high cholesterol.
Here are some of the high cholesterol features you can recognize:
The high concentration of cholesterol in the blood vessels that causes thick and hard plaques will make the heart work harder to pump blood flow to all tissues/organs. This will cause heart beating faster and harder which means the organ works extra than normal. If it persists then it can cause heart failure. Patients with hypertension with high cholesterol may have weakness in the leg muscles. Although this condition is characterized by high cholesterol it can also happen to everyone. This occurs when the artery does not get enough blood flow so the foot muscles become weak. People with high cholesterol often have difficulty breathing. These signs of high cholesterol occur as a result of the accumulation of cholesterol that is already forming on the walls of the blood vessels. The heart is unable to pump blood properly to the lungs, so the body is deprived of oxygen.
Due to before the blockage of the blood vessels there are no symptoms and signs of high cholesterol, the best step for us to practice is to regularly check blood cholesterol. For people over 20, at least check your cholesterol every 5 years or consult a doctor.
What to Do Before Preparing Cholesterol?
Before taking a blood test for cholesterol checks, you should fast (no eating or drinking except plain water) for 7 to 12 hours.
This test is also called lipid profile examination which includes: Total Cholesterol, Good Cholesterol (HDL: high-density lipoprotein), LDL: low-density lipoprotein, and Triglycerides.
When should I check with a doctor?
Children under the age of 14 or teens are not recommended for cholesterol testing. An adult (> 21 years) with a risk factor or elderly> 55 years without risk factors should recommend a general check-up to prevent complications of hypercholesterolemia
The risk factors include
What is the Normal Cholesterol Level?
In short, the normal value of cholesterol in adults without a specific disease is:
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