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What does high cholesterol feel like?


High cholesterol may not cause symptoms for years. So it may seem as if you have nothing to worry about. After all, you might feel perfectly fine. But this doesn't mean your blood vessels and heart are fine.

The idea that your cholesterol can't be high and your health can't be in danger if you feel fine at the moment is one of many common myths about cholesterol. Even if you have no pain or other noticeable effects right now, high levels of cholesterol may be causing buildup of plaque in your arteries. This can be dangerous, even deadly. It can lead to heart disease or cause a heart attack or stroke without warning. This is why it's important to have your cholesterol tested on a regular basis and to get treatment if your cholesterol is high.

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