Elevated lipoprotein(a), hypertension and renal insufficiency found to be independent risk factors for CAD in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia

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  • Elevated lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)], hypertension and renal insufficiency are independent risk factors that predict CAD in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) beyond elevated pretreatment LDL-cholesterol; despite the cross-sectional design, this study proposes a need for identifying and managing these factors to reduce excess CAD risk in FH patients.

Study design

  • This cross-sectional study compared clinical and biochemical parameters in 390 patients with genetically confirmed FH with and without CAD.

Key results

  • Compared to FH patients without CAD, those with CAD were older and more often male, and had a higher prevalence of hypertension, smoking, diabetes, obesity, reduced eGFR, ...