Primrose, ED, Savage, JM, Boreham, CA, Cran, GW and Strain, JJ (1994) Cholesterol screening and family history of vascular disease. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 71 (3). pp. 239-242. [Journal article]
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Hypercholesterolaemia is a major risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease (CHD). Early detection and management of hypercholesterolaemia could retard the atherosclerotic process. Given that CHD and hypercholesterolaemia cluster within families, a screening strategy based on a family history of vascular disease has been advocated. Serum total cholesterol concentrations were measured in a random stratified sample of 1012 children aged from 12-15 years old participating in a coronary risk factor surveillance Ireland. Information disease in close family members was obtained by means of a questionnaire. The study population was divided into two groups according to total cholesterol values: (i) normal, <5.2 mmol/l (n=822) and (ii) raised, greater than or equal to 5.2 mmol/l (n=190). A family history identified 63 out of 190 individuals with hypercholesterolaemia yielding a sensitivity of 33.2% and specificity of 71.5%. Our data indicated that a strategy whereby only children from high risk families are screened for hypercholesterolaemia is ineffective. While primary prevention emphasising a healthy diet for all is essential, the role of universal screening deserves further appraisal.
|Item Type:||Journal article|
|Faculties and Schools:||Faculty of Life and Health Sciences|
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
|Research Institutes and Groups:||Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)|
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
|Deposited By:||Mrs Alison Deehan|
|Deposited On:||14 Jan 2010 15:12|
|Last Modified:||22 Aug 2012 09:59|
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