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Updated: 2023-08-03


An elevated level of cholesterol or fats, known as lipids, in the blood.


Dyslipidemia increases the chance of clogged arteries, known as atherosclerosis. It also increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes or other circulatory concerns, especially in smokers. In adults, it's often related to obesity, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.


Dyslipidemia usually causes no symptoms. A blood test is the only way to detect high cholesterol.


Healthy diet, exercise and lipid-lowering drugs can help prevent complications.