Source: British Heart Foundation
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Date of publication: February 2017
Publication type: Research
In a nutshell: Approximately one in every 250 people in the UK has familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), a potentially deadly inherited condition which, if undiagnosed, can cause people to die from a heart attack at an early age.
Our figures suggest that FH affects around 250,000 people and is more common than type one diabetes in children, which affects around one in 500 children.
FH causes abnormally high levels of cholesterol in a person’s blood, meaning that otherwise healthy individuals are at a much greater risk of having a heart attack at a young age. Without treatment, people with FH can die prematurely in their 20s, 30s or 40s. Each child of a parent who has FH has a 50 per cent chance of inheriting the condition.
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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation