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Sorry to hear about your problem blue. Have you been tested for Familial Hypercholesterolemia? It's the name for getting high cholesterol genetically. If you do have this, it can be diagnosed. People with inherited or familial hypercholesterolemia are lacking in the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors that remove cholesterol from the bloodstream.

Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an inherited disorder that causes very high cholesterol levels and greatly increases the chance of having a heart attack early in life. The heart attacks usually occur in men when they are 40-55 years old and in women when they are 50-65 years old. They can sometimes occur when people are in their mid-twenties.
Even without other risk factors for heart attacks, and with the best of health habits, heart attacks will almost certainly occur if cholesterol levels are not lowered.

All immediate relatives of a person with FH should have their cholesterol levels measured. (A Lipid Profile test will measure all your cholesterol levels.) On average, half of the parents, brothers, sisters and children will have the disease. You can check children as early as age two. It is very important that all relatives have their cholesterol tested.

In your case, seeing a Lipid Specialty Physician would be in your best intrest.

Medicine is nearly always necessary. Diet is also. A combined treatment with statins, anion exchange resins and diet will reduce the total cholesterol level in the blood by 30 to 40 per cent and the LDL-cholesterol by a greater amount. Children and adults should be referred to a specialist lipid clinic.

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