How to Treat Familial Hypercholesterolemia
When you’re diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), it can be overwhelming and scary. What does it mean for your life, both the day-to-day and the long-term? How will it affect you and your loved ones?
By seeking help right away, you can live a longer, healthier life. The earlier you’re diagnosed, the earlier you can start treatment that will slow down or prevent cardiovascular disease.
Your FH treatment might consist of one or more medications. When more than one medication is taken, it’s called “combination therapy.”
Unlike high cholesterol which develops later in life as a result of lifestyle, people with FH have had high LDL cholesterol since they were born. Treatment is a lifelong journey, but it can be managed even with a gene that raises cholesterol.