Hyperlipidemia Manifests No Symptoms, But May Increase Stroke Risk
Hyperlipidemia usually has no symptoms in and of itself, which makes it a significant health risk because despite the various complications that it can lead to, many people may not realize they are affected by the condition. Hyperlipidemia is an abnormally high concentration of fats, also called lipids, in the bloodstream, which is usually associated with other complications, including high triglyceride and cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis, which is a hardening of the arteries caused by plaque buildup. Hyperlipidemia can often also lead to a heart attack or ischemic stroke if left untreated.
Because there are no hyperlipidemia symptoms, it is important to monitor cholesterol levels and work toward lowering them to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Hyperlipidemia is usually caused by lifestyle factors, so to lower the risk of or even reverse the condition, certain habit changes are usually recommended, such as:
- Limiting or ceasing smoking and drinking alcohol
- Reducing excess weight by about 10 percent of total body weight
- Exercising regularly, focusing on cardiovascular workouts
- Reducing intake of dietary cholesterol
- Reducing intake of saturated and trans fat
- Increasing dietary fiber intake
Anyone who is diagnosed with hyperlipidemia or experiences symptoms of conditions that can be caused or worsened by it should speak with a medical professional. At Tampa General Hospital, our comprehensive stroke center’s multispecialty team is well-equipped to work not only with patients who have had strokes, but also patients who may be at risk of a stroke, including those with hyperlipidemia or symptoms of stroke-related conditions. And, as a state-licensed comprehensive stroke center and the first center on the west coast of Florida to receive national accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, we are one of the most trusted hospitals in the state for quick diagnosis, emergency and follow-up treatment. In addition, we have rehabilitation care for patients who are at risk for strokes due to conditions like hyperlipidemia or who have experienced stroke symptoms.