High Cholesterol (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Some things that increase your risk for high cholesterol are things you can change, but some are not. It's important to lower your risk as much as possible.
Things you can change include:
Each of these things can raise your LDL, lower your HDL, or both.
Things you cannot change include:
For more information, see Cause.
When to Call a Doctor
High cholesterol usually has no symptoms. Sometimes the first sign that you have high cholesterol or other risk factors for heart disease is a heart attack, a stroke, or a transient ischemic attack (TIA). If you have any symptoms of these, call
Heart attack symptoms include:
After you call
Women's symptoms. For men and women, the most common symptom is chest pain or pressure. But women are somewhat more likely than men to have other symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, and back or jaw pain.
Stroke and TIA symptoms include:
Who to see
Any of the following doctors, nurses, or specialists can order a cholesterol test and treat high cholesterol:
A registered dietitian can help you with a diet to lower your cholesterol.
People who have rare lipid disorders, which can be hard to treat, may need to see a specialist, such as a lipidologist or an endocrinologist.
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