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    Dutch Criteria for Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)

    Diagnoses familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) based on clinical, genetic and family history.
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    Why Use

    Patients with suspected familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), including those with elevated cholesterol and/or family history of premature cardiac events.

    • Assigns points to risk factors and stratifies likelihood of diagnosis into one of four categories: definite, probable, possible, and unlikely.
    • Requires DNA testing for completeness.
    • FH is underdiagnosed and carries significant mortality risk from cardiac events.
    • The European Atherosclerosis Society recommends that the Dutch Criteria be used to diagnose FH.
    • Alternative diagnostic criteria include US MEDPED and the Simon Broome Diagnostic Criteria. The risk factors in each criteria set are similar, and clinical judgment as well as local practice factors (similarity of target population to study population) should be considered.
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    If yes, 9+ additional criteria required for Definite FH


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    Dr. Melissa Austin

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    Melissa Austin, PhD, MS, is a professor emeritus of epidemiology at the University of Washington. Her research spans many areas including genetic epidemiology of chronic diseases, lipoprotein metabolism and pancreatic cancer.

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