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

Author(s): Julie St-Pierre*, Isabelle Ruel, Jacques Genest

Journal Name: Current Pediatric Reviews

Volume 13 , Issue 4 , 2017

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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.

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Year: 2017
Published on: 21 February, 2018
Page: [260 - 264]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/1573396314666180221162556
Price: $65

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