Family and hypercholesterolemia

NEW YORK, July 17 (Praxis Press) Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited condition characterized by high cholesterol levels and an increased risk of heart disease. About 1 in 500 people are affected by this condition and could benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs. However, a recent study (see paper) found that only one quarter of affected people were being diagnosed, and children and young adults were most likely to be underdiagnosed. When a family has a history of heart disease at a yo

The Scientist Staff
Jul 20, 2000

NEW YORK, July 17 (Praxis Press) Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited condition characterized by high cholesterol levels and an increased risk of heart disease. About 1 in 500 people are affected by this condition and could benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs. However, a recent study (see paper) found that only one quarter of affected people were being diagnosed, and children and young adults were most likely to be underdiagnosed. When a family has a history of heart disease at a young age, testing can identify members with familial hypercholesterolemia, and early treatment can reduce their risk of heart disease.

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