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Undiagnosed FH Linked to 16-Year Life Expectancy Reduction

People with probable but undiagnosed familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) have a higher rate of premature death from cardiovascular events than those who have been diagnosed with the disease, translating into a reduction of life expectancy averaging 16 years. British researchers studied data from a large primary care database on almost 1.8 million individuals, of whom nearly 7000 had been diagnosed with FH and more than 13,000 probably had the disease.

The results presented at the European Atherosclerosis Society 2019 Congress