I recently went online and looked at my medical records that are available through my health insurance company. I noticed that in 2005 and 2007 I had been diagnosed with Pure Hypercholesterolemia. This concerns me because my doctor has never mentioned this to me or put me on any statin medications. I'm 38 years old and have been on High Blood Medication since I was about 27. My normal BP without meds is about 140/90 with it I'm 120/77. I'm in ok shape and eat as healthy as I can keeping saturated fats below 20 mg a day and trans fats out of my diet completely. I'm wondering if Pure Hypercholesterolemia is something that I should be concerned about and if so, should I be on a statin drug.
Yes, indeed it should be a concern and treated...if true, could be an error so you weren't told!
For an insight, Pure hypercholesterolemia is an inherited disorder that causes very high cholesterol levels from birth. Also known as familial hypercholesterolemia, this condition greatly increases the chances of heart attack at a young age.
Pure hypercholesterolemia is passed down from generation to generation. If you have the condition, there is a 50 percent chance your offspring will inherit the condition.
It can be determined if a child has pure hypercholesterolemia at birth, as the condition does not develop later in life. However, the National Cholesterol Education Program recommends waiting until age two before testing for the condition.
Pure hypercholesterolemia is treated through strict diet and medication, most commonly statin drugs. A last resort is a liver transplant, which introduces new liver cells with working LDL receptors into the body, which should cure the condition.
Pure hypercholesterolemia is a serious condition that needs to be monitored closely from an early age.
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