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Richard N. Fogoros, M.D.

Inherited Cholesterol Disorders

By January 21, 2013

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While genes play a role in determining cholesterol levels in everybody, some people have genetic disorders that greatly increase cholesterol levels, and consequently produce a big increase in the risk of premature cardiovascular disease.  Several specific genetic cholesterol disorders have been identified, but three in particular are reasonably common: familial hypercholesterolemia, familial combined hyperlipidemia, and polygenic hypercholesterolemia.

In all of these inherited cholesterol disorders, it is important to make an early diagnosis, to treat cholesterol levels aggressively in order to reduce cardiac risk - and to have family members tested to see whether they are also affected.

Read about the major inherited disorders of cholesterol.

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February 4, 2013 at 9:40 am
(1) George says:

Dear Doc.Richard
First time when I got news that my Choles. is high. 20 years ago.I red the books which You study them, there are over six reasons for High choles.Now my choles. is over 350, HDL is over 250….no madicine, why, first time I took Baycol…after 4 pills I almost die…They took from market…but Who put???? So if You realy Scientist and see PDR 2004
Zacor study, madicine do not stop heart attacks
They are so many people with normal choles. die from heart attacks
We need long time to talk… but time is expensive
Thanks, George

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