Blood Cholesterol
Blood Cholesterol

Blood Cholesterol Symptoms

High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol usually do not cause symptoms. Most people do not know they have high blood cholesterol until they have a blood test during a routine doctor’s visit.

If your levels are very high, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Fatty bumps (xanthomas) on your skin, especially on the elbows, joints, knees, hands, feet, or buttocks
  • Grayish-white rings (corneal arcus) that appear around the corneas in your eye

These symptoms mostly develop in people who have high cholesterol that runs in families (familial hypercholesterolemia).

Undiagnosed or untreated high blood cholesterol can lead to serious problems, such as heart attack and stroke. Talk to your doctor about your risk and steps you can take to keep your cholesterol levels in a healthy range.

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