High Cholesterol (cont.)
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High cholesterol does not cause symptoms. It is usually found during a blood test that measures cholesterol levels.
Some people with rare lipid disorders may have symptoms such as bumps in the skin, hands, or feet, which are caused by deposits of extra cholesterol and other types of fat.
Having high cholesterol can lead to the buildup of plaque in artery walls. This buildup is called atherosclerosis. It can lead to coronary artery disease (CAD), heart attack, stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), and peripheral arterial disease. Atherosclerosis can cause these problems because it:
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