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

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Dr. Golder Wilson
Clinical Genetics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Golder Wilson
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Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Better = Lipid Doc

A better suggestion would be to go to a lipid specialist.
There are two general ways to figure it out: 1.) check genetics. This is often expensive, but can be done. 2.) check your families cholesterol. If everyone has high cholesterol, that cinches the diagnosis treatment is the same regardless of whether there is a genetic mutation.

In brief: Better = Lipid Doc

A better suggestion would be to go to a lipid specialist.
There are two general ways to figure it out: 1.) check genetics. This is often expensive, but can be done. 2.) check your families cholesterol. If everyone has high cholesterol, that cinches the diagnosis treatment is the same regardless of whether there is a genetic mutation.
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