Symptoms & Diagnosis

High cholesterol is usually a “silent” disease, meaning it has no obvious symptoms. If you don’t have regular cholesterol tests, the first clue that you have high cholesterol may be a heart attack or diagnosis of heart disease or diabetes.

High cholesterol can be diagnosed with a simple blood test called a fasting lipid profile, usually taken after you’ve fasted for 9-12 hours. Everyone ages 20-50 should be tested every 5 years; those over 50 or with specific risk factors should be tested yearly or as often as your doctor recommends.


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