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