Familial hypercholesterolaemia

Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is an inherited disorder of cholesterol and lipid metabolism, caused by an alteration in a single gene. Effective treatments are available. If left untreated, FH can lead to premature cardiovascular disease (CVD). FH is one of the most common genetic conditions, affecting 1 in 250 people.

Our regional FH cascade testing service raises awareness and identifies and supports people with FH. Cascade testing refers to family genetic testing - this means that if you are diagnosed with FH, your relatives may also be offered testing. FH used to be diagnosed by blood cholesterol measurements, but we now use genetic testing to get a more accurate diagnosis. One of our specialist FH nurse will explain more about the condition and genetic testing available and draw a family tree, which can help to identify if you have relatives who are at risk of having FH.

Our service covers:

  • Hampshire (including Isle of Wight)
  • West Berkshire
  • Surrey Heath
  • Farnham