They say that we are all, individually, best placed to know if there's anything wrong with us, as we're actually in tune with our body, instinctively. We know how we are feeling and may feel on top of the world, but conversely quickly know if we are coming down with something. In short, if everything is not right then we can notice and take steps to find a remedy. This assumes that if something is ailing us there are definite symptoms. However, this is not always the case. It's especially not the case when it comes to what has been termed “the silent killer,” or the buildup of plaque within our coronary arteries.

We know that hardening and narrowing of the arteries can be caused by excess levels of bad cholesterol. Can we tell if we have high cholesterol symptoms? Unfortunately, we can not, at least not without some specific blood tests and some feedback from the lab.

High cholesterol is something which we all must avoid. To be specific, we have to avoid high levels of LDL cholesterol, especially as a ratio of the total cholesterol in our bloodstream. There are ways to balance this out, but you must know what your position is first and that's where a visit to the doctor is required.

While you can not detect any high cholesterol symptoms normally, you can soonpless work out if you should be at risk from high cholesterol. If you know your risk you should not wait for any symptoms but make sure that you keep an eye on your levels on a regular basis. There are many different risk factors and some are hereditary. However, if you lead a very sedentary lifestyle – for example you might have an office job, this is an indicator. If you do not exercise much, this is definitely a risk factor. Smoking and being overweight are major contributors to the plot, while eating a poor diet and focusing on fast foods put your risk at the high end of the scale.

Few of us tend to worry too much about our lifestyle when we are youngger, but as we get older we certainly need to stop and think. After all, the cumulative effects of poor lifestyle choices in earlier life, together with the aging process in itself can set the alarm bells ringing.

You can not just “wing it.” It's no good trying to estimate your risk in the absence of any high cholesterol symptoms. If you just leave it because you think that you're generally healthy, the plaque may be building up slowly but surely and leading to atherosclerosis. This is a condition which can lead to a heart attack or stroke when the plaque has built up to such an amount that it can even block some blood vessels.

Do not risk falling victim to the silent killer, especially if you know that you have a number of potential risk factors. You certainly do not want the first indication that you have high cholesterol to be a heart attack.