TCT, a Great Interventional Cardiology Meeting, but Just One More Thing…

Today’s blog post will be brief. The TCT meetings just ended but an essential fact was omitted and should be shared with doctors and laypeople alike. 25% of patients who experience heart attacks before the age of 45 have a common genetic disorder called Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH). 25% is actually quite a substantial number so it’s important for us to identify and treat these patients appropriately. As the disorder is genetically transmitted, 50% of first degree relatives will also have this disease. That means there’s a 1 in 2 chance that each child, sibling, and parent of patients with FH will also harbor this disorder, a genetic mishap that increases the risk of premature heart attacks by up to 20 fold! The sooner such patients are identified and treated, the less likely they are to ever have a heart attack. So please know your risk!

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