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Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an inherited condition that results in high levels of total cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in cells that can be dangerous when it builds up on[read article]

Tests for Familial Hypercholesterolemia

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Lipid Panel
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A complete cholesterol test (also called a lipid panel or lipid profile) measures the amount of good and bad cholesterol and the level of triglycerides in your bloo...  More
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Lipoprotein (a) Test
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An HDL test measures the level of good cholesterol in your blood.HDL is high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Lipoproteins are composed of protein and fat. HDL is k...  More
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LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein, a type of cholesterol found in your body. LDL is often referred to as bad cholesterol. This is because too much LDL causes a...  More
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The triglyceride level test helps to determine the amount of triglycerides in your blood. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. The test helps determi...  More
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Lipoprotein Electrophoresis
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Cholesterol is necessary to keep the body functioning but too much of the bad cholesterol called LDL can cause more damage than good. Tune in to learn about the dif...  More
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An exercise stress test is used to determine how well your heart responds during times when it is working the hardest. During the test, you will be asked to exercis...  More
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Prescribed Medications for Familial Hypercholesterolemia

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SIMVASTATIN (SIM va stat in) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Thi...  More
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ATORVASTATIN (a TORE va sta tin) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood....  More
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PRAVASTATIN (PRA va stat in) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Thi...  More
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LOVASTATIN (LOE va sta tin) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood. This drug may also red...  More
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EZETIMIBE (ez ET i mibe) blocks the absorption of cholesterol from the stomach. It can help lower blood cholesterol for patients who are at risk of getting heart di...  More
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NIACIN (NYE a sin) is used in combination with a healthy diet to lower 'bad' cholesterol and increase 'good' cholesterol. This medicine is also ...  More
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FLUVASTATIN (FLOO va sta tin) is known as an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. T...  More
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CHOLESTYRAMINE (koe LESS tir a meen) is used to lower cholesterol in patients who are at risk of heart disease or stroke. This medicine is only for patients whose c...  More
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FENOFIBRATE (fen oh FYE brate) can help lower blood fats and cholesterol for people who are at risk of getting inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) from havi...  More
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GEMFIBROZIL (jem FI broe zil) can help lower blood fats and cholesterol for people who are at risk of getting inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) from havin...  More
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ROSUVASTATIN (roe SOO va sta tin) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This drug m...  More
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COLESTIPOL (koe LES ti pole) is used to lower cholesterol in patients who are at risk of heart disease or stroke. This medicine is only for patients whose cholester...  More
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COLESEVELAM (koh le SEV e lam) is used to lower cholesterol in patients who are at risk of heart disease or stroke. This medicine is only for patients whose cholest...  More
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LOVASTATIN; NIACIN (LOE va sta tin; nye a SIN) is used in combination with a healthy diet to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.  More
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Over the Counter Medications for Familial Hypercholesterolemia

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NIACIN (NYE a sin) is used in combination with a healthy diet to lower 'bad' cholesterol and increase 'good' cholesterol. This medicine is also ...  More
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Self Care for Familial Hypercholesterolemia

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Carrying around too much weight feels uncomfortable and it can also damage your health. According the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity rates...  More
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Maintain Healthy Weight
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Herbs and Supplements for Familial Hypercholesterolemia What's this?

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Numerous controlled trials have examined the effects of oral garlic on serum lipids. Long-term effects on lipids or cardiovascular morbidity and mortality remain un...  More
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Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish oil and certain plant/nut oils. Fish oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA...  More
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