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High cholesterol: Sensation felt in the arm or jaw warning of coronary artery spasms


High cholesterol is when you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your blood. · It’s mainly caused by eating fatty food and not exercising. A sensation in both your arm or jaw could indicate seriously high cholesterol levels.

A coronary artery spasm is a temporary tightening of the muscles in the wall of one of the arteries that sends blood to your heart.

A spasm can decrease or completely block blood flow to part of the heart.

The condition feels like chest tightness or pain caused by tightening of a heart artery.

There can also be arm or jaw pain.

These symptoms may occur spontaneously or due to cold weather, exercise or stress.

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It’s important to keep your cholesterol in check because high cholesterol levels increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

“If you’re concerned about your cholesterol, talk to your GP,” advised the NHS.

The national health body added: “If you’re aged 40 to 74, you can get your cholesterol checked as part of an NHS Health Check.

“If your GP has advised you to change your diet to reduce your blood cholesterol, you should cut down on saturated fat and eat more fibre, including plenty of fruit and vegetables.”



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