Blood Donation Programs Help Reveal Life Threatening Genetic Cholesterol Condition

by Colleen Fleiss on  May 24, 2019 at 12:19 AM Cholesterol News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Blood donation programs were found to help identify donors with the often undiagnosed genetic disorder familial hypercholesterolemia, which results in high cholesterol and coronary artery disease, revealed new study.
Blood Donation Programs Help Reveal Life Threatening Genetic Cholesterol Condition
Blood Donation Programs Help Reveal Life Threatening Genetic Cholesterol Condition

This study examined whether a blood donation program could help identify individuals with the often undiagnosed genetic disorder familial hypercholesterolemia, which results in high cholesterol and premature coronary artery disease.

Show Full Article

Blood donation programs already screen for infectious diseases and may be able to screen for other conditions. This analysis included data from about 1.2 million donors who made a total of 3 million blood donations; total cholesterol levels were determined for these donations.

The authors report that of these donors, 3,473 (1 of every 339) met the criteria for familial hypercholesterolemia, similar to estimates in the general population, which suggests blood donation programs may be a method for detecting and notifying donors with this disorder.

A limitation of the study was the inability to determine whether there were other causes of hypercholesterolemia.

Source: Eurekalert

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions
Advertisement

Recommended Reading

More News on:

Cholesterol High Cholesterol Blood Donation Thalassemia Genetics and Stem Cells Heart Attack Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Body Mass Index Cholesterol - The Enigma Chemical Liposuction 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

News Category

News Archive