We’ve all heard of cholesterol and know it is in our bodies. It’s actually essential to have if we’re going to function normally, but too much of it can be dangerous. That’s why a failure to diagnose high cholesterol can result in you experiencing health problems in the future – some of which could be quite serious.
If you are familiar with cholesterol you’ll know there are two types. These are known as LDL and HDL. LDL is the bad stuff, because high levels of this type of lipoprotein can result in narrowing of the arteries. The LDL cholesterol builds up in the arteries over time and this can lead to heart attacks and other serious conditions. Meanwhile HDL is the good stuff, because it removes the LDL from your system and your arteries. Think of it as the rubbish collector. A cholesterol test should ideally reveal you have low levels of LDL and higher levels of HDL. If the opposite is true then your GP should reveal you have high cholesterol and they may treat you for it accordingly.
Now you know the difference between the two levels you can understand how important this simple test is.
Would high cholesterol really make a difference to your life?
It could do, yes. Cholesterol in itself doesn’t present any symptoms, so if your levels are a lot higher than normal you wouldn’t notice a difference in the way you feel. However, high cholesterol has been linked with a number of serious conditions, including heart attacks and strokes. As you can see, a failure to diagnose high cholesterol could make a significant difference to your life, either now or in the future. If you have high levels and you don’t know it, you cannot be prescribed medication to make a positive difference.
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Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim