Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Common Name(s)

Familial Hypercholesterolemia, Hyperlipoproteinemia type 2

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an inherited condition that causes abnormally high levels of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol beginning at birth. When too much LDL cholesterol is present in the blood stream, it builds up in the walls of the arteries and increases the risk of heart attacks and heart disease. Men with FH may have heart attacks in their 40s to 50s, and women with FH may have them in their 50s to 60s. FH is most commonly caused by mutations in the LDLR gene and is usually inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. More rarely, it may be caused by mutations in other genes and can be inherited in an autosomal recessive manner.  Treatment focuses on lowering LDL cholesterol levels in the blood and may include dietary modification and medication.
 

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Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Foundation

The FH Foundation is a patient-centered nonprofit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and research of Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH). Our mission is to raise awareness and save lives by increasing the rate of early diagnosis and encouraging proactive treatment. If left untreated, FH leads to aggressive and premature heart disease in women, men and children of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Last Updated: 1 Jun 2015

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Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Foundation

The FH Foundation is a patient-centered nonprofit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and research of Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH). Our mission is to raise awareness and save lives by increasing the rate of early diagnosis and encouraging proactive treatment. If left untreated, FH leads to aggressive and premature heart disease in women, men and children of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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Last Updated: 1 Jun 2015

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The terms "Familial Hypercholesterolemia" returned 457 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Editorial. Familial hypercholesterolemia].
 

Author(s): Meral Kayikçioğlu

Journal: Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2014 Oct;42 Suppl 2():vii.

 

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2015

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[President's message: familial hypercholesterolemia].
 

Author(s): Lale Tokgözoğlu

Journal: Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2014 Oct;42 Suppl 2():v.

 

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2015

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Long-term statin treatment in children with familial hypercholesterolemia: more insight into tolerability and adherence.
 

Author(s): Marjet J A M Braamskamp, D Meeike Kusters, Hans J Avis, Ellen M A Smets, Frits A Wijburg, John J P Kastelein, Albert Wiegman, Barbara A Hutten

Journal: Paediatr Drugs. 2015 Apr;17(2):159-66.

 

Statins are currently the preferred pharmacological therapy in individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) with the aim to prevent premature atherosclerosis. In adults, these agents have been proven to be safe and well tolerated; however, non-adherence is a significant clinical issue.

Last Updated: 25 Mar 2015

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The terms "Familial Hypercholesterolemia" returned 26 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia].
 

Author(s): Meral Kayikçioğlu

Journal: Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2014 Oct;42 Suppl 2():47-55.

 

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is caused by genetic deficiency of LDL receptors leading to extremely high cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis at early ages. For the prevention of early atherosclerotic cardiovascular events, effective reduction of LDL-cholesterol is necessary ...

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2015

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[LDL apheresis in the treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia].
 

Author(s): Mahmut Coker

Journal: Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2014 Oct;42 Suppl 2():32-46.

 

Low density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis is one of the main therapeutic models for homozygous and severe heterozygous form of the familial hypercholesterolemia patients. Anti-atherogenic, anti-thrombogenic and anti-inflammatory effects of apheresis has positive effects on prevention ...

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2015

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[Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia].
 

Author(s): Meral Kaylkçioğlu

Journal: Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2014 Oct;42 Suppl 2():19-31.

 

Familiar hypercholesterolemia (FH) is genetic disease characterized with extremely high levels of cholesterol leading to cholesterol deposition in skin and tissues and premature atherosclerosis due to defective LDL receptors. In homozygous individuals (HoFH) premature cardiovascular ...

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2015

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Familial Hypercholesterolemia Canada / Hypercholesterolemie Familiale Canada
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Familial Hypercholesterolemia; Lipid Disorder

 

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2014

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Russian Familial Hypercholesterolemia Registry
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Familial Hypercholesterolemia

 

Last Updated: 12 May 2015

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Postprandial Lipid Metabolism in Familial Hypercholesterolaemia:Effects of Fish Oils
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Hypertriglyceridaemia; Familial Hypercholesterolaemia

 

Last Updated: 11 Apr 2012

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