Familial Hypercholesterolemia: Clinical Update

Familial hypercholesterolemia is associated with a high risk for premature coronary artery disease. Health professionals should be alert to the signs found during a physical examination and to the laboratory values suggestive of familial hypercholesterolemia in order to help prevent or slow the progression of coronary atherosclerosis.


Target Audience

Cardiologists, Endocrinologists, Family Physicians, General Internists, Gynecologists, Internal Medicine Physicians, Physician Assistants and Fellows. 

Learning Objective

  • Detect and properly manage familial hypercholesterolemia to prevent or slow progression of coronary atherosclerosis.
Additional information
  • Goldstein, Joseph L. "Familial hypercholesterolemia." (2001). http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/121298-overview  
  • Lambert, G., Charlton, F., Rye, K. A., & Piper, D. E. (2009). Molecular basis of PCSK9 function. Atherosclerosis, 203(1), 1-7.
  • Austin, M. A., Hutter, C. M., Zimmern, R. L., & Humphries, S. E. (2004). Genetic causes of monogenic heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia: a HuGE prevalence review. American journal of epidemiology, 160(5), 407-420.
  • Varret, M., Abifadel, M., Rabès, J. P., & Boileau, C. (2008). Genetic heterogeneity of autosomal dominant hypercholesterolemia. Clinical genetics, 73(1), 1-13.
  • Soutar, A. K., & Naoumova, R. P. (2007). Mechanisms of disease: genetic causes of familial hypercholesterolemia. Nature clinical practice Cardiovascular medicine, 4(4), 214-225.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 ABIM MOC
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
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Paul E. Ziajka, M.D., Ph.D., FNLA     
Cardiologist, Private Practice
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences
Florida State University School of Medicine
Orlando, Florida

Paul E. Ziajka, M.D., Ph.D., FNLA, disclosed that he receives grant/research support from Amgen, Regeneron and Sanofi; also, he is a member of the speakers bureau for Amgen, Amarin Pharma, Kowa Pharma, Regeneron and Sanofi. Dr. Ziajka has indicated that he will not include off-label or unapproved usage in his presentation or discussion.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

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