High cholesterol levels
High cholesterol occurs when there’s too much low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol in the blood, which sets off the development of fatty deposits in the blood vessels. When fat continuously buildsup in the blood vessels, it restricts blood flow in the arteries, causing damage over time.
Usually, high cholesterol is manageable. It requires certain lifestyle changes, medications, and treatments for a person with high cholesterol to slowly get back in shape. However, people with uncontrolled cholesterol levels must be closely monitored, as they have a greater risk of acquiring different complications.
High cholesterol symptoms
People with high cholesterol do not usually exhibit any warning signs or symptoms. Normally, people with this condition only become aware of it after a series of laboratory tests and consultations.
In some cases, the occurrence of high cholesterol is only identified once a person suffers from a heart attack or a stroke. A normal and healthy cholesterol level in adults is about 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), while high cholesterol is about 240 mg/dL and above.
Doctors recommend that people with persistent high blood pressure, those who are overweight, obese, heavy smokers, and have a family history, must check their cholesterol regularly as they are more likely to experience high cholesterol than others.
High cholesterol effects on the body
Most people don’t know that, aside from the heart, high cholesterol can also pose negative effects on other organs in the body. Here are some high cholesterol effects on the body we all should know about
The heart (circulatory system)
The most common complication of high cholesterol concerns the heart and the circulatory system.
When fatty deposits form in the arteries, it can cause blockage and affect the arteries’flexibility. This condition is atherosclerosis or the hardening of the arteries.