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VERY YOUNG AND HAVING HIGH CHOLESTEROL

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Heart Health

VERY YOUNG AND HAVING HIGH CHOLESTEROL

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Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common condition of high cholesterol that begins at birth, continue to worsen with age and can cause heart attacks at an early age if left untreated. Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder, its runs in families.1, 2. 3

The raised levels of “bad cholesterol” in familial hypercholesterolemia are chiefly due to a delayed elimination of LDL from the blood, this is either a problem with the LDL receptor or the receptor is not present at all.4

Some early Symptoms might ease the diagnoses of familial hypercholesterolemia, including fatty skin deposits over parts of the body and cholesterol deposits in the eyelids. Sometimes, chest pain (angina) or other marks of coronary artery disease may exist at a young age.3

 

Beware, FH can’t be treated with lifestyle changes alone! Your doctor may prescribe medications to manage and control your cholesterol levels.2

References:

1.       What is Familial Hypercholesterolemia. The FH Foundation 2019. Available at: https://thefhfoundation.org/familial-hypercholesterolemia/what-is-familial-hypercholesterolemia Last accessed: 24/06/2019

2.       Knowing Your Risk for High Cholesterol. CDC. 2019. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/risk_factors.htm Last accessed: 22/06/2019

3.       Familial hypercholesterolemia. Medline Plus. 2018 Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000392.htm Last accessed: 24/06/2019

4.       Ibrahim, MA. Hypercholesterolemia. 2019.  NCBI Bookshelf. A service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459188/ Last accessed: 22/06/2019