6 reasons for GPs to be on the lookout for FH

IT'S crucial to detect and treat familial hypercholesterolaemia early and GPs are the best people to do it, say Australian researchers.

Here are six reasons why:

  1. Getting children with FH on to statins and lifestyle modification by the age of eight can reduce atherosclerosis and improve  cardiovascular disease-free survival
  2. More than 70% of adults with an LDL-c level ≥ 6.5 mmol/L have clinical FH
  3. Most people with FH are undiagnosed and the more demand there is for genetic testing the more likely it will become Medicare-rebatable
  4. Current absolute CVD