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

[ Vol. 13 , Issue. 4 ]

Author(s):

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

Abstract:


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.

Keywords:

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

Affiliation:

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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