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High cholesterol

High cholesterol is a frequent cause of heart disease and stroke in the United Kingdom. Fortuitously, it is easily diagnosed and can be very effectively treated.


Symptoms
Most people with high cholesterol do not have any symptoms and the condition is picked up when their general practitioner does a blood test.

Causes
Most people with high cholesterol have developed this condition as a result of unhealthy life-style choices such in their

diet, alcohol consumption and amount of exercise they take.  There are a number of
other causes that are associated with high cholesterol and include diabetes, thyroid gland dysfunction, some forms of kidney disease and genetic predisposition.

 

Investigations
The most common tests that are need for high cholesterol are:

  • Blood tests including total lipid profile, liver function, kidney function test, glucose level, thyroid and creatinine kinase.

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