adult screening programme

Familial hypercholesterolaemia (adult)

Familial hypercholesterolaemia is an inherited condition. It can lead to a build up of too much of a type of fat, called cholesterol, in the blood.

Read more about familial hypercholesterolaemia on the NHS website.

UK NSC screening recommendation Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in December 2011.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

Screening is not recommended because:

  • modelling suggests that a screening programme would not be cost effective
  • evidence instead supports cascade testing, where family members of known patients with familial hypercholesterolaemia are offered testing
  • it is doubtful that lipid clinics (centres providing specialist help for people with raised levels of blood fats) would be able to cope with the extra workload caused by screening

Supporting documents from the 2011 review

Evidence summary Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (2011)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.

UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses Familial hypercholesterolaemia (2011)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2011

Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.

To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.

Organisations interested in Familial hypercholesterolaemia (adult)

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