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15 Month Old Kids Should Have Cholesterol Test

A person's first cholesterol test should take place when he/she is 15 months old, according to an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The authors explain that familial hypercholesterolemia, high LDL cholesterol levels that runs in families, carries a significant risk of death from coronary heart disease.

Approximately 2 out of every 1,000 people have familial hypercholesterolemia. There are treatments available today which can decrease the risk of death from coronary heart disease for such people.

Scientists at Barts and the London Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, UK, examined 13 prior studies which focused on total and LDL cholesterol in people with and without familial hypercholesterolemia, involving 1,907 cases and 16,221 controls. They wanted to find out how effective screening might be, and if so, at what age.

For screening to be most effective, the authors wrote, it needs to be done when a child is aged between 1 and 9 years. At this age screening detects 88% of individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia. The researchers found that the screening of young adults or newborns was far less effective.

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