Diagnosis and treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia: The impact of recent guidelines

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Treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia can change the natural course of the disease to prevent premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. New guidelines assist the clinician in the early identification of this common genetic disorder of lipid metabolism by placing individuals with elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in high-risk groups who benefit from treatment with statins.

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