Clogged Arteries due to LDL deposits
For podcast 61, Dr. Wahid makes a comeback to talk about Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) while Dr. Dimitre bemoans the weather in Ottawa yet again.
Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a condition that affects about 1 in 500 Canadians and is an important cause of early cardiovascular death yet it is relatively unknown by primary care physicians. Patients should be screened according to current lipid guidelines and if they present with a premature cardiovascular event, physical stigmata of hypercholesterolemia, or premature cardiovascular disease in their immediate family members. Formal diagnosis requires the use of the Dutch Criteria Cardiovascular risk is underestimated by the usual risk calculators. Consider all patients with FH as high risk and treat accordingly.
Posted on 18/04/2019 by Dr. Dimitre
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