Familial hypercholesterolaemia: recognising the unrecognised

Br J Cardiol 2008;15:79–81 Leave a comment
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Familial hypercholesterolaemia is a common genetic disorder that remains under-recognised. At present a simple genetic test is not available, although targeted genetic screening is being piloted in the UK. Recognition and treatment of this condition could help prevent many incidences of coronary heart disease. This article provides an overview of the pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of familial hypercholestrolaemia.

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