Unfortunately, high cholesterol does not have any symptoms except for when it results in extreme complications like heart disease. The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is through a blood test. Once you reach the age of 20 you should have your blood tested for cholesterol and then measure your cholesterol every five years afterward.
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High cholesterol does not lead to specific symptoms unless it has been chronic (long-term). High cholesterol levels may lead to specific physical findings such as xanthoma (thickening of tendons due to accumulation of cholesterol), xanthelasma (yellowish patches around the eyelids), and arcus senilis (white discoloration of the outer edges of the cornea due to cholesterol deposits).
A high level of blood cholesterol causes the arteries to narrow and can slow, or even block, blood flow to the heart. This reduced blood supply prevents the heart from receiving enough oxygen. Chronic (long-term) high cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), angina (chest pain), heart attack, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs, or temporary lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain), cerebrovascular accidents/strokes (lack of blood and oxygen in the brain), and peripheral artery disease (PAD).
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