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I have familial hypercholesterolemia but want to put on muscle in the gym. Are there any supplements I can take that won't effect my statin treatment?

I have familial hypercholesterolemia but want to put on muscle in the gym. Are there any supplements I can take that won't effect my statin treatment?

Sure: I'm really glad you're getting the cholesterol treated. Before statins, one of my colleagues died at your age from this illness. For muscling up, creatine and an electronic muscle stimulator (if your phsician is okay with the latter) are your best friends. Other supplements are less likely to help. Avoid steroids -- I've been around gyms for decades & most who try them are sorry. Cheers. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Mays
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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

↑ed cholesterol (in blood); a specific fat molecule made by every animal cell on planet, part of every animal cell membrane, enables membrane flexibility, cells to change shape, animals to move. Look it up ("cholesterol molecule" works best) on Google & images. Additionally, for most people Hi-Chol foods ↓es measured LDL particles while ↓Chol foods ↑LDL; driving ...Read more


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What can you do to address familial hypercholesterolemia?

What can you do to address familial hypercholesterolemia?

See a Lipidologist: Familial hypercholesterolemia (fh) is a genetic disorder causing decreased clearance of LDL from blood. Most patients get a defective gene from on parent causing heterozygous fh (about 1 in 500 children). Rarely, genes from both parents are defective giving homozygous fh (1 in 1, 000, 000). Lipidologists specialize in managing fh patients. Check http://www.Learnyourlipids. Com to find a lipidologist. ...Read more

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How do I find out if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

How do I find out if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

Tests: You should the discuss the matter with your doctor as it may require performing multiple tests, in succession on you and your family members. The first one would be to have blood lipids tested in fasting state and depending on those results, other tests and tests on family members may be needed. Confirmation of the diagnosis may require molecular testing. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

I need help! How do I know if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

Blood work: Blood work will give you a pretty good clue because familial hypercholesterolemia is usually pretty bad — but an even better way is to ask your relatives! ...Read more

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What is pure hypercholerosterolemia? Is it the same as familial hypercholesterolemia?

May be: Essentially it means in your lipid profile it's the Cholesterol or LDL is elevated. It may be genetic or due to lifestyle, either way it needs to be treated, and best that works are the Statins(Lipitor, (atorvastatin) creator, simvastatin). Also, diet and excercise. Important to bring to below normal since it increases your risk of Heart disease or Coronary diseases. ...Read more

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Do doctors know what causes familial hypercholesterolemia?

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. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are eggs bad for a person who has familial hypercholesterolemia?

Yolk: The yolk is loaded with cholesterol. One egg has 186 mg of cholesterol and that's 86% of your daily recommended cholesterol in-take. So, you can eat 1 egg a day and little else that contains cholesterol. It's up to you. ...Read more

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Why doesn't everyone with familial hypercholesterolemia have fatty liver?

Why doesn't everyone with familial hypercholesterolemia have fatty liver?

Most Do: Familial hypercholesterolemia is the most common genetic disorder involving choleterol levels. If a patient has an LDL cholesterol level above 200 he/she has familial hypercholesterolemia. It is transmitted in a way that each child has a 50/50 chance of inheriting this. On a microscopic level there is increased liver fat in all of these patients, it just may not show up on blood tests. ...Read more

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What dot ventricular hypertrophy, and familial hypercholesterolemia mean?

Two separate : Entities. Ventricular hypertrophy and hypercholesterolemia are usually not related. Hyper-cholestrolemia causes heart disease and ventricular hypertrophy may end up in heart failure. Please be more specific in your question. ...Read more

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Can I go to a genetic counselor to see if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

Can I go to a genetic counselor to see if I have familial hypercholesterolemia?

Physician is better: Genetic counselors are master's trained individuals trained to collect and interpret family histories but with little clinical experience. You should see your family practitioner or internist and have a lipid profile. Familial hypercholesterolemia would be indicated by a very high cholesterol, and your family history may show other people with early heart attacks/strokes who need lipid studies. ...Read more

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Is it possible that infants with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia develop xanthomas or xanthelasmas?

Is it possible that infants with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia develop xanthomas or xanthelasmas?

Yes: There are plenty of other possible causes of xanthomas in kids, elbows ; butt. Especially if they're on the knees, some bloodwork would be a great idea. ...Read more

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Can infants with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia develop xanthomas or xanthelasmas? What are your expert opinions?

Can infants with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia develop xanthomas or xanthelasmas? What are your expert opinions?

Gene dose effect: Hi. Is the infant homozygous or heterozygous for FH? Homozygotes can develop tendon xanthomata or xanthelasma in childhood. Many heterozygotes don't ever get xanthomata. If the infant is a homozygote, he/she has a tough road ahead; heterozygotes too, but very tough for homozygotes. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does anyone know how familial hypercholesterolemia is diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any common complications of familial hypercholesterolemia?

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. ...Read more

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How many people have familial hypercholesterolemia, say out of 1000 people?

1 in 500: 1 in 500 will have familial hypercholesterolemia. If you think you have this disorder, please see a lipid specialist and get your family checked for high cholesterol. Contact me if you need a lipid specialist in the dallas area. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a risk of familial hypercholesterolemia?

Screen lipid panel: Hi Familial hypercholesterolemia is a defect in the LDL receptor gene. You have 2 copies of the gene: 1 from your mom & 1 from your dad. If you have 1 good copy and 1 mutant copy, you're heterozygous and have elevated LDL and premature atherosclerosis. If you have 2 bad copies, you're homozygous recessive, and have very aggressive atherosclerosis at a young age. There is gene testing. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent my children from inheriting familial hypercholesterolemia?

Is there a way to prevent my children from inheriting familial hypercholesterolemia?

Prevention: You can't prevent the inheritance of hypercholesterolemia because it is genaticicallty determined but your children can be treated with statins to control their cholesterol level. ...Read more

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Do you have to have cardiovascular diseases if you have familial hypercholesterolemia? What are all the symptoms?

Do you have to have cardiovascular diseases if you have familial hypercholesterolemia? What are all the symptoms?

Familial: Hypercholesterolemia is a predisposing factor for cardiovascular disease together with hypertension, diabetes, smoking and other factors. This is not to say that all people with this condition will develop cardiovascular disease. Treatment of the condition in different form will reduce the risk significantly. Talk to your doctor and know your risk and take action. ...Read more

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Familial hypercholesterolemia, what is this?

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. ...Read more

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Can kids have plaque in their carotid arteries if our family has familial hypercholesterolemia?

Can kids have plaque in their carotid arteries if our family has familial hypercholesterolemia?

Yes: It is entirely possible to form plaque very early in life. Even persons without familial hypercholesterolemia form plaque in their aorta in their 20s as evidenced by autopsy series. ...Read more

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Would an LDL level of 172 at 28 suggest familial hypercholesterolemia? No family hx of heart disease. All grandparents lived well in to 70s & 80s.

Would an LDL level of 172 at 28 suggest familial hypercholesterolemia? No family hx of heart disease. All grandparents lived well in to 70s & 80s.

Yes: Despite all the talk about "healthy living" and so forth, your LDL level is mostly genetic and if you need meds, you need meds -- remember that other lifestyle factors, especially smoking and fitness habits are under your control. In true familial hypercholesterolemia, the illness that kills folks around their 20s by itself, levels are much higher. Your physician's your best guide. ...Read more

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Can you get a Stroke early in age from familial hypercholesterolemia. I've had known untreated high cholesterol since age 19. History of brain lesions?

Can you get a Stroke early in age from familial hypercholesterolemia. I've had known untreated high cholesterol since age 19. History of brain lesions?

Yes: Unfortunately familial hypercholesterolemia does put you at an increased risk for stroke and heart attack, but these risks can be decreased with cholesterol-lowering drugs. I can't comment on the brain lesions without seeing them, but it's possible that they're strokes. I hope you're following with a doctor about your cholesterol and cholesterol lowering meds. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does continuous treatment of hypercholesterolemia with statins have any adverse effects?

Does continuous treatment of hypercholesterolemia with statins have any adverse effects?

More side effects : In addition to the other answer, muscle aches/breakdown and liver toxicity are rare side effects. Of note, many patients have taken statins for years without any problems. ...Read more

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Does continuous treatment of hypercholesterolemia with statins create any bad effect on your liver?

Does continuous treatment of hypercholesterolemia with statins create any bad effect on your liver?

Usually not: Increased elevations in liver tests may be seen with statin use, but if you're being monitored by your md the. I would not worry about any liver damage. ...Read more

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What are the specific treatments for hypercholesterolemia?

Various: Dietary modification and exercise will help all types of elevated cholesterol. Specific medication therapy will be based on which of your lipid panel elements are elevated. ...Read more

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What treatment should someone take for hypercholesterolemia?

What treatment should someone take for hypercholesterolemia?

Cholesterol: There are a bunches of non pharmicological treatment including diet and exercise. Red yeast rice is also helpful to lower LDL. Medications include statin drugs Niacin and a group called fib rates. ...Read more

Dr. James Underberg
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Familial Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited disorder of high LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). The condition begins at birth and can cause atherosclerosis and heart attacks at an early age. It is caused by a ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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High Cholesterol (Definition)

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