Familial hypercholesterolemia

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a condition that affects the processing of cholesterol in the body, which leads to elevated levels of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol in the blood and increases the risk of early onset heart disease. Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited condition that is caused by a gene mutation, although symptoms may not appear until adulthood. It is estimated that up to 1 in 250 Australians are affected by familial hypercholesterolemia.

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