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About 1 in 250 Canadians is thought to have the familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). FH is both under diagnosed and under treated despite the knowledge that early diagnosis and treatment can normalize life expectancy. The following point of care tool contains the Canadian criteria for the clinical diagnosis of FH as well as FH clinical features.

 POC familial hypercholesterolemia

Familial hypercholesterolemia point of care tool (Jan 2023) 

(More information on FH can be found in the GECKO on the run and the more comprehensive GECKO Messenger)

Additional tools and resources from FH Canada

An app for the clinical diagnosis of FH, assessing the degree of severity of FH for new patients and helps facilitate FH diagnosis, in addition to a validated algorithm to impute a baseline value from LDL-C levels while on lipid lowering medications.

The details of the developed algorithm have been published in Clinical Chemistry.

FH infographic for providers and patients

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