Genetic Testing and Hyperlipidemia | Harvard Medical School Continuing Education

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What is the difference between race, ethnicity and ancestry in biomedical literature? Is there a heritable and molecular basis for hypercholesterolemia and what is the clinical role for familial genetic testing?

Dr. Pradeep Natarajan, MD, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, explains the hereditary traits identified in familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and the benefits of identifying FH through genetic testing. Hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease and premature myocardial infarction are discussed.

00:00 | Introduction
00:41 | Definitions of race, ethnicity and ancestry
01:27 | The history and prevalence of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH)
05:06 | Diagnostic criteria and genetic determinants of FH
06:39 | Benefits of genetic testing for FH
10:31 | Beyond familial hypercholesterolemia

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