A blood test is the only way to know if your cholesterol is too high.

Unfortunately, there are no symptoms of high cholesterol. The only way to know if you have high cholesterol is to be tested. Testing is easy and fairly painless. Everyone over the age of 20 should have a cholesterol test.

Chest pain, dizziness, and/or shortness of breath are symptoms of coronary heart disease. High cholesterol can contribute to coronary heart disease.

For more information on cholesterol, see:

  • Cholesterol Tests: To keep your cholesterol under control, first you must have it checked. Learn what all the numbers mean.
  • Cholesterol Levels: We all know there's "good" and "bad" cholesterol. Find out why you need more of one kind of cholesterol and less of the other.
  • Causes of High Cholesterol: Diet and DNA are the main factors in high cholesterol. Learn why the numbers might be high in your case.
  • Consequences of High Cholesterol: High cholesterol contributes to heart attacks. Find out what other conditions it can cause.
  • How Cholesterol Works: Cholesterol is essential to the body. Find out why we need it and how much is too much.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Neil Stone is a professor of clinical medicine in cardiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University and a practicing internist-cardiologist-lipidologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Vascular Center for the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Stone was a member of the first and third National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panels and a past chairman of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee and Clinical Affairs Committee.

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