Could I have high cholesterol?

- Cholesterol and the heart -

There is no sign or symptom of elevated cholesterol. The only way to know it is to have it tested by a healthcare professional.


Every second adult has elevated cholesterol

Elevated cholesterol affects people of all ages and backgrounds in the industrialized countries – no matter whether you are young or old, overweight or underweight, or whether you exercise or not.

The only way to know if your cholesterol levels are elevated is to have it tested by your doctor or other healthcare professional.


When is my cholesterol too high?

Elevated cholesterol usually has no symptoms so you will be able to follow your cholesterol levels only by having regular check-ups. If you are generally healthy, your recommended total cholesterol is below 5.0 mmol/l, your LDL is below 3.0, and your HDL is more than 1.0. If you have other risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease, the target levels for total and LDL cholesterol are even lower.


How do I know if I have high cholesterol?

Have your cholesterol checked regularly. You can't feel elevated cholesterol: it has no signs or symptoms. The only way to know your cholesterol levels is through a blood test that measures the fats in your blood. Your doctor will interpret the results based on other risk factors, such as age, family history, smoking and high blood pressure, and advise you how to proceed.