Vancouver doctors develop genetic test for inherited high cholesterol (Dr. Liam Brunham)

Rowena Dagley was 36 when doctors told her she had been having minor heart attacks for the past four months because her arteries were 95 per cent blocked

She is one of an estimated 18,000 B.C. residents who suffer from familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), or in other words, inherited high cholesterol. New research shows only 10 per cent of Canadians affected have been diagnosed, say doctors.

“It affects 1 out of 250 people – it’s more common than we previously thought,” said Dr. Liam Brunham, who works at the Healthy Heart Program Prevention Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Wanyee Li reports

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