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The Essential Role of Primary Caregiver in Early Detection of Familial Hypercholesterolemia and Cardiovascular Prevention

[ Vol. 13 , Issue. 4 ]


Julie St-Pierre*, Isabelle Ruel and Jacques Genest   Pages 260 - 264 ( 5 )


Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a worldwide common autosomal inherited condition associated with premature cardiovascular diseases, both in men and in women (World frequency has been recently estimated to be as high as 1:250). Identifying FH cases early in life could represent a cornerstone to prevent fatal events in adult’s life. Pediatricians are well positioned to evaluate the familial cardiovascular risk factors among their young patients, to make a diagnosis and to perform familial screening. The goal of this paper is therefore to emphasize the recognition of this genetic condition at a younger age and to initiate both familial screening and a safe treatment. Prevention of cardiovascular disease starts at an early age in all children, but it may save lives in FH patients.


Hypercholesterolemia, pediatricians, screening, cardiovascular prevention risk factors, genetic condition.


Department of Pediatrics, 180 Clinic, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Quebec, Department of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Department of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

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