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Hypercholesterolemia happens with high levels of cholesterol in the blood. It can harden and narrow blood vessels leading to heart attack and stroke.


  • Heredity
  • Advancing age
  • Sedentary lifestyles
  • Diets high in saturated fats
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain diseases like diabetes, kidney disorder or liver disorder

 Symptoms for high cholesterol are normally not visible and may show up only in the advanced stages in the form of:

  • Xanthomas (fat deposits in the tendons and skin)
  • Xanthelasmas (deposits on the eyelids)
  • Enlarged liver and spleen
  • Chest pain or heart attack
  • Stroke

Treatment may differ from person to person. It may include:

  • Healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Medications
  • Cholesterol lowering drugs like statins


  • Maintaining appropriate weight
  • Low fat diet
  • Regular exercise