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NICE issues guidance on FH

26th September 2008

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has issued guidance which recommends considering the possibility of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) in all patients with raised total cholesterol, especially if there is a personal or family history of premature CHD.

It says that following a clinical diagnosis of FH, cascade testing to help identify relatives who will benefit from early treatment should be initiated. NICE say it is important to inform patients that lipid-modifying drug therapy should be lifelong and to discuss the various treatment options.

 

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Article Information

Title: NICE issues guidance on FH
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 8518
Date Added: 26th Sep 2008

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