Healthbeat: Kids and High Cholesterol
21
August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , /


12’S 6:00 NEWS. Ursula: THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE IT BUT THEY DON’T HAVE A CLUE. WHEN THEY DO HAVE A CLUE IT MAY BE TOO LATE, AND THAT NUMBER IS GOING TO INCLUDE CHILDREN, BELIEVE IT OR NOT. LESLIE MOUTON HAS THE DETAILS ON IT AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO AVOID ITS POTENTIALLY FATAL CONSEQUENCES. Reporter: AT FIRST GLANCE THIS 7-YEAR-OLD IS A PICTURE OF GOOD HEALTH, BUT HER CHOLESTEROL LEVEL WAS 800. IT WAS A LOT OF SHOCK AND DISBELIEF AND, OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Reporter: IT MEANS AVERY HAS A GENETIC CONDITION THAT CAUSES EXTREMELY HIGH LEVELS OF BAD CHOLESTEROL KNOWN AS LDL. BOTH HER PARENTS HAVE A FORM OF IT BUT AVERY’S IS A LOT WORSE. IT’S A SCARY CONDITION. IT PUTS PEOPLE AT RISKS FOR PREMATURE HEART ATTACK AND STROKE AND CAN BE LETHAL. IT’S VERY SCARY TO THINK ABOUT WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. SO I TRY NOT TO GO THERE. ♪ LET IT GO ♪ Reporter: BUT THANKS TO A PROCESS WHICH FILTERS OUT THE BAD CHOLESTEROL, AVERY’S LEVEL PLUMMETS TO 100. EVERY TWO WEEKS HER PARENTS DRIVE THREE HOURS FOR A PROCESS SIMILAR TO DIALYSIS. HEART SPECIALISTS SAY EVERY CHILD SHOULD GET A CHOLESTEROL TEST. IF THERE’S A HISTORY, GET YOUR CHILD TESTED AT 2. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT GETTING TESTED. IT COULD CHANGE YOUR CHILDREN’S LIFE. IT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE.


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