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A familial lipid disorder is a condition that runs in families. It causes very high levels of cholesterol. This condition can cause a person to get coronary artery disease (CAD) while still young.
Because familial lipid
disorders are rare, your doctor may only suspect one if you have:
Your family doctor may not have much experience with familial lipid disorders, so you may have to see a specialist, such as an endocrinologist. And some
cardiologists specialize in lipid disorders as well as
There are different types of lipid disorders. They include:
Other Works Consulted
Brunzell JD (2010). Diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemia. In EG Nabel, ed., ACP Medicine, section 9, chap. 6. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker.
Genest J (2015). Lipoprotein disorders and cardiovascular disease. In DL
Mann et al., eds., Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular
Medicine, 10th ed., pp. 980–1000. Philadelphia: Saunders.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - CardiologyRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Current as ofMay 7, 2015
Current as of:
May 7, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology & Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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