07 Jul Specialised testing: Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)
You can’t change your DNA, but you can find out what it means to you and your family.
For over 36 years, we’ve been developing innovative diagnostic technologies with one aim in mind: to improve people’s health around the world.
One of our advanced tests can identify people living with a common but often hidden disorder – Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH). Fewer than 12% of people in the UK know they have this potentially fatal condition. It is characterised by dangerously high levels of cholesterol which can lead to early onset cardiovascular disease.
It’s a condition which is passed on from parents to children, with a 50:50 chance a child will inherit it. The NHS recommends that when a parent is found to have FH, their closest blood relatives should also be tested – even young people under the age of ten.
At least 1 in every 500 people in the UK are living with it, but because it goes unnoticed, it’s estimated around 1 in 200 people have the condition.
The good news is if it is diagnosed it can be effectively treated. Our revolutionary FH test enables detection of 40 of the most common genetic mutations that cause FH.
With early and appropriate treatment – adopting a healthy lifestyle, taking cholesterol-reducing medication – the risk of heart disease can be significantly reduced. That means someone with FH can live just as long as someone without it.
To take control of your health and book an FH test today, click here.