Friday, January 3, 2014

Early stat in therapy is useful for kids suffering inherited high cholesterol

According to a recent report presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013 said that the children with the inherited high levels of cholesterol who receive cholesterol-lowering statins in their early years have a lower risk of coronary heart disease than their affected parents. For this study the researchers evaluated the effectiveness and also the safety of statin treatment among 214 children with the familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). The children, from 8- to 18-years-old, continued to receive statins and were evaluated after 10 years. It was found that this treatment is favorable for kids and has saved them from further complications. The co-author of the research, Marjet Braamskamp, M.D., a Ph.D. student at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands explains, “Our results suggest statin therapy initiated in childhood reduces disease and death from heart disease in patients with FH. After 10 years of treatment, young adult FH patients had not suffered from cardiovascular complaints.”

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