Prioritizing Health | Why Does Early Screening Matter?
Earlier identification of any disease means earlier treatment and a greater potential to reduce or prevent untoward events. For persons with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) – which represents one in 250 people of all races and ethnicities – early detection is especially important because when left untreated individuals have a 20-fold increase in early coronary artery disease (CAD). Moreover, 30% of women by age 60 years and 50% of men by 50 years have a higher risk of a myocardial infarction at younger ages without treatment.
The good news? Early diagnosis and treatment of FH reduces the risk of CAD by 80%. National Cholesterol Education Month – all of September – is the perfect time to double down on screening patients, especially those with a family history of FH or premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. All patients with an LDL-C ≥190 mg/dL, or if you suspect FH, should be referred to a specialist.
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Keywords: ACC Publications, Cardiology Magazine, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Secondary Prevention, Dyslipidemias
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