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What treatments are available? In most individuals, diet and lifestyle contribute to their risk of cardiovascular disease. In people with FH, they are not the cause of cardiovascular problems, but can still make a difference. If FH is found early, serious problems of the heart and blood vessels may be prevented or delayed by taking these steps: • Not smoking • Exercising regularly • Eating a healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats • Taking medications Almost all people with FH will require cholesterol-lowering medications. For some people with FH, more extensive measures are needed, including LDL-apheresis (a dialysis-like procedure in which LDL-C cholesterol is removed from the blood on a weekly or bi-weekly basis). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a family with a pattern of early heart attacks or heart disease (defined as before age 55 for men and age 65 for women) have their children tested for cholesterol after age 2 and before age 10. It’s important to find FH and take action at any age, because when treated, the risk of heart disease can be reduced to levels similar to those of the general population. You’ve finished Chapter 4! Take a short 25 quiz on what you’ve learned so far. Click here to begin…


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