Public awareness of the existence of inherited high cholesterol

H.W.P. van den Nieuwenhoff*, I. Mesters, N.K. de Vries

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BACKGROUND: Underdiagnosis of inherited high cholesterol (IHC) may be reduced if at-risk populations are aware of IHC existence and actively seek diagnosis. This study describes correlates of the public's IHC awareness. METHODS: Telephone interviews were conducted with 4117 Dutch adults. RESULTS: Half of the respondents were aware of IHC; however, their knowledge was superficial. Awareness was weakly predicted by family history of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and not by own CVD status. Awareness was associated with higher health-related knowledge and experiences with cholesterol testing. CONCLUSIONS: Professionals should help the public to relate their own and family CVD history to IHC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)990-992
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006

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