Chronic High Cholesterol Overview:

High cholesterol is characterized by an excessive presence of fatty substances (cholesterol) in the blood. Typically caused by factors such as a diet high in fats, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and hereditary influences, high cholesterol increases the risk of heart problems and stroke by potentially blocking blood vessels. Notably, it often presents no symptoms, requiring a blood test for diagnosis.

Common Causes:

  • Poor diet with high-fat content
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption
  • Hereditary factors

Potential Symptoms:

While high cholesterol generally lacks noticeable symptoms, it may manifest as:

  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

Risks and Complications:

  • Increased risk of heart problems and stroke
  • Potential blockage of blood vessels


  • No specific symptoms; diagnosis requires a blood test

High Cholesterol Treatment:

  • Screening and counseling on cholesterol levels, desired target numbers, and associated risk factors.
  • Lifestyle modifications, including dietary changes and increased physical activity.
  • Medication may be necessary if cholesterol levels persist despite lifestyle changes or if there's a high risk of heart attack or stroke.

Ministry Wellness Center:

  • Provides screening and counseling on cholesterol levels.
  • Offers guidance on achieving target numbers and managing risk factors.
  • Advocates for lifestyle changes to improve cholesterol levels.
  • Considers medication if needed based on individual risk factors.
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