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High cholesterol: Silent signs of fatty deposits in artery walls


What is high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is not bad. It is necessary for the formation of healthy cells. However, high amounts of LDL cholesterol, also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol in the blood can be harmful for the body. It limits blood flow, increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.


A silent killer

High cholesterol is called a silent killer, as it does not cause symptoms. However, it can lead to health problems that can cause symptoms.


Beware of PAD

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition associated with narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels due to plaque build-up. This can lead to reduced blood flow to the lower extremities of the body including the legs and the feet. Swipe to know more about the signs.


Leg pain

PAD can affect the legs and feet and lead to a condition called claudication. This occurs when the blood vessels in the lower extremities of the body become narrow or get blocked.


Cold feet and legs

Another indirect sign of high cholesterol is cold feet and legs, even in summers. This may be an indicator that you have PAD.


Changes in skin colour

A reduced blood flow to the legs can also cause change in the skin colour. This is a result of insufficient flow of blood carrying nutrients and oxygen to the legs.


Leg cramps during night

One may also experience leg cramps during the night.


Leg or foot ulcers

Get your cholesterol levels checked, if you develop leg or foot ulcers that do not heal.


Complications associated with high cholesterol

An untreated and unmanaged high cholesterol can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.


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