Harvard Heart Letter

When very high cholesterol runs in the family

When very high cholesterol runs in the family Ongoing efforts seek to better identify and treat familial hypercholesterolemia, a leading cause of early heart attacks. Some 35 million Americans have cholesterol values that put them at high risk for heart disease. The vast majority likely have dozens of different genetic mutations, each of which raises cholesterol by a little bit. Coupled with an unhealthy diet and not enough exercise, cholesterol creeps up slowly…

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