Finding out if high cholesterol is inherited could save a life, St. Paul's doctor says
Fifty-five-year-old Fred Hazen says learning about a genetic condition that stalks his family is probably the reason he’s alive today.
His younger brother is already gone — dead at 46 after years of declining health following his first heart attack in his 20s caused by super-high levels of cholesterol.
“Understanding the (condition) to start with — and the treatments — I believe that has really extended my life,” Hazen explained in a recent telephone interview from his home in the Kamloops in B.C.’s Interior. “My cholesterol is just about normal now.”
Erin Ellis reports.
Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy