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Early diagnosis and treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia

Elkins, J. Casey, DNP, NP-C, CLS, FNLA; Fruh, Sharon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000552677.31028.57
Feature: HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA: CE Connection

Abstract: If undiagnosed and untreated, familial hypercholesterolemia can lead to serious cardiac complications, such as premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. NPs should be familiar with the clinical presentation of this inherited metabolic disease to diagnose patients as early as possible and promptly begin treatment that may include lifestyle changes, statin therapy, and/or nonstatin therapy.

If undiagnosed and untreated, familial hypercholesterolemia can lead to serious cardiac complications, such as premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. NPs should be familiar with the clinical presentation of this inherited metabolic disease to diagnose patients as early as possible and promptly begin treatment that may include lifestyle changes, statin therapy, and/or nonstatin therapy.

J. Casey Elkins is an assistant professor, director of the DNP program, and clinical lipidology coordinator at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala.

Sharon Fruh is a professor and associate dean of research, evaluation, and development at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala.

The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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