High Cholesterol Symptoms
High levels of cholesterol in the blood or hypercholesterolaemia do not manifest physically; that’s why a lot of people are not initially concerned with their cholesterol level until they experience high cholesterol symptoms or some signs of heart trouble. High levels of cholesterol in the blood makes one more at risk to developing cardiovascular diseases. To some, it may take years for signs to appear.
What happens if your cholesterol gets too high?
If your low density lipoproteins (LDLs) are too high and if your high density lipoproteins (HDLs) cannot eliminate the extra cholesterol left in your blood, they can build up (called plaque) on your blood vessels along with other fatty debris, a condition called atherosclerosis.
This buildup can narrow the blood vessel in time, which reduce the blood circulation to some parts body. High cholesterol symptoms do not normally appear until the conditions becomes advanced.
Here are some high cholesterol symptoms to watch out for:
• Inconsistent pain that feels like cramps on certain parts of the body, depending on what parts lack sufficient blood supply
• Pain that worsens when exercising (especially in the legs)
• Numbness, pins and needle sensation on the affected body part
• The affected body part becomes unusually cold to touch in some instances
• Blackened, bluish or purplish hue of the skin
• Thick, and yellowish patches on the skin (especially around the eyes) which are actual deposits of cholesterol. This is common to people who have inherited high cholesterol susceptibility.
• Intermittent pain in the left side or middle part of the chest could mean narrowed arteries to the heart, which could eventually restrict blood flow to the heart and could result to heart attack.
Having high cholesterol levels in the blood do not have exact signs, and the surest way to tell is to have your blood checked.