HealthSneaky symptoms of atherosclerosis. How high cholesterol silently clogs your arteries?

Sneaky symptoms of atherosclerosis. How high cholesterol silently clogs your arteries?

Clogged arteries can cause unusual symptoms.
Clogged arteries can cause unusual symptoms.
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6:44 AM EST, January 11, 2024

High cholesterol could be due to genetic predispositions. It would be beneficial to check if any family members have encountered cholesterol issues.

Familial hypercholesterolemia may underlie your health problems. Other factors like obesity, lack of physical activity, aging, and a diet rich in processed food, sugary carbonated beverages, trans fats, fried meals, and sugar can also spike cholesterol levels.

Increased cholesterol levels are found in individuals who smoke and excessively consume alcohol.

How can you tell if your arteries are clogged?

If cholesterol stagnates in the arteries, men might experience problems with erectile function. Unfortunately, many dismiss these symptoms, attributing them to fatigue or stress.

Pain should not be overlooked, either. High cholesterol patients frequently experience jaw and neck pain - an initial sign of angina pectoris. However, calf pain can also occur.

Should it indicate clogged arteries, it normally comes partnered with other symptoms such as numbness and limb weakness. The discomfort usually eases with rest. Another possible symptom is lower back pain, linked to hypoxia.

Excessive hair loss should also alarm us. Experts suggest this is a common symptom in patients with arterial blockages. Interestingly, this symptom appears in both women and men.

We should not discount excessive fatigue that hinders us from performing even the simplest daily tasks. This overall weakness resembles cold or flu symptoms. Additionally, hyperhidrosis, chest pain, and easy fatigability can be present.

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