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familial hypercholesterolemia, what is this?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
High: It's high cholesterol that runs in the family. It'susually due to a missing enzyme and the cholesterols can be very high but it's variable depending on the exact type that you have.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Does anyone know how familial hypercholesterolemia is diagnosed?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Lipid testing: A simple blood test will help your doctor determine whether you have a genetic disorder that makes it difficult for your body to maintain normal levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Are there any common complications of familial hypercholesterolemia?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
YES: Familial hypercholesterolemia can be very potentially serious. A full evaluation of what you lipid profile, family history, longevity of family members, diseases in the fh are all important for your future health and will guide you as to what lifestyle changes you must make it quality of life and longevity. Get ye to a good primary care internist.
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Or go to lipid.org to find a cholesterol/lipid specialist, one who specializes in familial hypercholesterolemia and the risks associated with it.
Jan 13, 2013
CA
A 27-year-old member asked:

Do doctors know what causes familial hypercholesterolemia?

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Dr. Bradley Radwaner
Cardiology 41 years experience
Yes: Ldl liver receptors normally grab onto the cholesterol in the blood stream, dump the cholesterol into the bile and thus lower the blood cholesterol level..In familial hypercholesterolemia there is a much lower number of these receptors so the blood cholesterol level is very high allowing the cholesterol to be deposited in blood vessels causing the deposits leading to heart attacks and strokes.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How do I find out if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Bloodwork: 1/500 folks have 1-dose disease; 2-dose disease is rare, striking and would probably be diagnosed already. Very high LDL cholesterol despite healthy lifestyle, a family history, and often certain bumps ("xanthomas") that your physician can recognize are suggestive. A geneticist can make the diagnosis using dna, but the key is managing the cholesterol. Stay proactive, and good luck.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What can you do to address familial hypercholesterolemia?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Consult a : Cardiologist: familial hypercholesterolemia results in early atherosclerotic heart disease and requires intensive dietary and medication management, best handled by an expert. You may wish to consult the following site. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001429/.

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