Side Effects of High Cholesterol After 50, Says Expert

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According to Goodson, atherosclerosis can happen over time and lead to severe issues with your heart and brain, but there are unfortunately no detectable symptoms.

“If a piece of plaque does break off, it can cause a blood clot to form around it, restricting blood flow to the heart and starving it of necessary oxygen and nutrients, which is called ischemia,” says Goodson. “This, unfortunately, can lead to a heart attack.”

Goodson also says it’s important to be aware of heart attack symptoms and immediately seek emergency medical care if you experience any.

“These symptoms include tightness, squeezing, fullness, pain, or aching in the chest or arms, shortness of breath, anxiousness, trouble breathing, dizziness, and excessive fatigue,” says Goodson.