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Symptoms of Hypercholesterolemia
The following features are indicative of Hypercholesterolemia:
cholesterol deposits in the eyelids
sores on the toes that do not heal
cramping of one or both calves when walking
weakness of an arm or leg
drooping on one side of the face
loss of balance
weakness or numbness or tingling
temporary loss of vision
It is possible that Hypercholesterolemia shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.
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Common Causes of Hypercholesterolemia
The following are the most common causes of Hypercholesterolemia:
diabetes mellitus type 2
genetic mutations in the autosomal dominant apolipoprotein B (APOB) gene
Other Causes of Hypercholesterolemia
The following are the less common causes of Hypercholesterolemia:
blood pressure medication
human immunodeficiency virus therapy
Risk Factors for Hypercholesterolemia
The following factors may increase the likelihood of Hypercholesterolemia:
Prevention of Hypercholesterolemia
Yes, it may be possible to prevent Hypercholesterolemia. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
intake of low in cholesterol and saturated fat diet
Occurrence of Hypercholesterolemia
Number of Cases
The following are the number of Hypercholesterolemia cases seen each year worldwide:
Common between 1 - 10 Million cases
Common Age Group
Hypercholesterolemia can occur at any age.
Hypercholesterolemia can occur in any gender.
Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hypercholesterolemia
The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hypercholesterolemia:
Physical exam: To view fatty skin growths called xanthomas and cholesterol deposits in the eye
Family medical history: To diagnose the familial hypercholesterolemia
Blood tests: To detect the high level of total cholesterol Genetic test: To detect the genetic defect associated with the condition
Doctor for Diagnosis of Hypercholesterolemia
Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Hypercholesterolemia:
Complications of Hypercholesterolemia if untreated
Yes, Hypercholesterolemia causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Hypercholesterolemia is left untreated:
peripheral vascular disease
heart attack at an early age
Self-care for Hypercholesterolemia
The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Hypercholesterolemia:
Avoid smoking: Prevents the risk for coronary artery disease
Limit alcohol consumption: Lowers the cholesterol levels
Maintain a healthy body weight: Reduces the amount of cholesterol
Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Hypercholesterolemia
The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Hypercholesterolemia:
Physical activity: Lowers the cholesterol levels
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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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