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When very high cholesterol runs in the family

More than 600,000 Americans have an inherited condition th at can cause heart attacks at an early age. For most American adults with high cholesterol, the problem stems from eating foods rich in cholesterol and saturated fat. But some have an inherited genetic error that causes cholesterol levels to skyrocket. This often-undetected condition is called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). If not treated, a person with FH has a 20-fold higher risk of heart attack compared with…

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