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Health tests to cut heart attack risks; SCREENING.

HEALTH bosses aim to cut the risk of heart attacks by screening thousands of possible victims.

Experts will target the relatives of people suffering from familial hypercholes-terolaemia, a genetic condition that causes high cholesterol.

The condition increases the risk of heart attacks by speeding up the narrowing of the arteries.

If left untreated, half of men with FH will have a heart attack by 50 and a third of women by 60.

Around 15,000 people in the UK are known to have FH but health experts think around 95,000 more people are undiagnosed.

Those with the condition will be offered cholesterol-busting statins to cut the chances of a heart attack.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2008
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