High Cholesterol is a most common aliment that people are facing in today’s society. It is commonly discovered when a physician suggests the patient for a cholesterol test. But below are some of the signs or symptoms that one can lookout for in the absence of a blood test.
- Parasthesia – The feeling of tingling or numbness or prickling can be described as Parasthesia. Although one must take into consideration other causes for this, but when one has High cholesterol parasthesia can be an indication.
- Dyspnea – Shortness of breath is also called dyspnea. Breathlessness can be caused due to many reasons. One of it is when the heart cannot supply blood to all the demands of the body and this result in shortness of breath. And the reason heart cannot meet the demands of the body is due to clogged arteries due to high cholesterol.
- Atherosclerotic Heart Attack – High Cholesterol is one of the causes for the formation of atherosclorisis, which begins with damage to the endothelium. This eventually leads to plaque build-up and blocking of the arteries. This can lead to heart attacks too. But heart attack can also be caused when this plaque breaks off from the artery wall and blocks the flow to the heart leading to heart attack.
- Stroke - Due to high cholesterol, plaque builds up in the arteries which can block the flow of blood to the brain causing stroke.
- Peripheral Artery Disease - This condition is the result of constriction of arteries caused because of accumulation of cholesterol in their walls. Due to this, the blood supply to the arms and legs and the respective tissues decreases and results in numbness, cramps, fatigue, weak pulse in limbs, cold limbs, poor healing of wounds, pale skin.
- Acute Pancreatitis - Triglycerides are a form of fat that is present in the body. High levels of Triglycerides in the blood leads to inflammation of pancreas is one of the reasons of Acute Pancreatitis
- Xanthelasma - Small pouches filled with cholesterol plaque that are soft develops under the skin and form around the eyelids and near the nose. These are not cancerous and their presence indicates High Cholesterol.
- Tendinous Xanthoma - These are present as subcutaneous nodules in ligaments, and tendons. They are cholesterol deposits which can be found on various parts of the body especially on the Achilles tendon.
- Arcus Senilis – This occurs mostly in the elderly people. They are seen as a white or yellow ring around the cornea in the eyes. They are lipid or cholesterol deposits in the edge of the cornea stromal layer.
- Cholesterol Gall stones – These are some very common type of gall stones which are formed in the gall bladder. They are usually yellow- green in colour and are caused when there is too much cholesterol in the blood.
When any or more of these symptoms are seen, it’s important to consult a physician for a through health check-up. AV Hospital has experienced physicians and surgeons capable of handling all simple as well as complex medical conditions.