JAMA Clinical Reviews

How Studying Familial Hypercholesterolemia Resulted in the Discovery of Statins as an Effective Treatment for High Cholesterol

July 25, 2017

Scott Grundy, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine at UT Southwestern in Dallas and is one of a small group of investigators who saved statins from being dumped as a potential drug class. Dr Grundy tells the story of how studying patients with familial hypercholesterolemia unraveled the mysteries of high cholesterol levels. This resulted in the development of very effective drugs to treat any patient with high cholesterol. Familial hypercholesterolemia is fairly common and when patients have very high cholesterol levels they and their families should undergo cascade screening.

Interviewees: Scott M. Grundy, MD, PhD, and author Joshua W. Knowles, MD, PhD

Links discussed in this episode:

Cascade Screening for Familial Hypercholesterolemia and the Use of Genetic Testing

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Interview with Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, author of Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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